A shop assistant who broke his arm chasing after a thief, has said he was 'blessed' to have been injured - after a scan of his injury revealed he had cancer.
Shop assistant Paul Ford, 50, grabbed the man's legs to stop him getting away with a pair of sunglasses from a duty free store at Gatwick Airport.
When he suffered a searing pain in his right arm, the father-of-one was taken to hospital for X-rays, but medics spotted a shadow on his elbow.
Doctors found Mr Ford had a secondary cancerous tumour in his arm and a primary cancer in his right kidney - despite showing no previous symptoms.
He was immediately rushed into surgery to remove his severely swollen kidney, which medics warned would have burst without warning and killed him.
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