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Birthday cheer for Forest Gate man who cheated death

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 August 2016

Alfred Dowry celebrates his 80th birthday with a big cake and friends at Sahara Lodge Care Home, Forest Gate.

Alfred Dowry celebrates his 80th birthday with a big cake and friends at Sahara Lodge Care Home, Forest Gate.

Isabel Infantes

A man who was told he had just days to live after he was rushed to hospital has defied the odds to celebrate his 80th birthday, two years on.

Alfred Dowry, known as Alfie, was suffering with complications from a hernia, but doctors were unable to operate on him because he has a weak heart.

“They said, ‘you’re looking at a few more days’,” explained Patricia Allen, deputy manager at the Sahara Lodge care home in Earlham Grove, where Alfie marked the occasion on Friday.

“It was a special day because we never thought he would get to see 80, we really didn’t.”

Alfie, who is autistic, blew out the candles on his cake in the Forest Gate care home’s garden, surrounded by his family and friends, and received a photo album of the day as a present.

Patricia said: “All of our residents’ birthdays are special but we wanted to make this one even more special.

“He loves the Recorder, he looks at it every week. We always get it for him and he looks through the pictures.”


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