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Fillers Two memorable patients

Matthew and Adam

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 13 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1324
  1. Anthony K Webb, clinical director
  1. cystic fibrosis unit, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester

    When I first looked after Matthew and Adam they reminded me of the twins who knew each other's thoughts in On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin. They would sit in the corner of the physiotherapy room not talking but communicating and were totally content with each other's company.

    Matthew and Adam were not twins. Matthew was the younger brother by two years, but they both shared the same potentially lethal disease—cystic fibrosis. They both had a total commitment to Manchester City Football Club and a total dislike of Manchester United.

    Their parents had been told that they would die in childhood, but they survived into adolescence and then into their 20s. Sharing the same disease and interests brought them into continuous close contact. They both started to work as sports journalists and were successful. …

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