Grandfather denined the chance to save his life

A Llanelli cancer patient, handed what amounted to a winning life-saving lottery ticket, is being denied the opportunity to cash it in by the Assembly.

When leukaemia sufferer Alan Francis was told he needed a bone marrow transplant last November, doctors warned him not to get his hopes up because the chances of finding a successful match was 170,000 to one.

So the retired council worker was overjoyed when, a few weeks ago, he received a phone call telling him a match had been found on the other side of the world, in Australia.

But Mr Francis received another call, this time telling him the Assembly would not fund the operation.