Nurses life-saving stem cell transplant leaves her with an addiction to Monster Munch just like her don – The Sun

A NURSEs life-saving stem cell transplant caused her to inherit her donors addiction for pickled onion flavour Monster Munch.

Claire Stewart, 49, had never tasted the snack before the treatment but as she recovered she developed cravings for it.



She started sending bemused husband David out to buy as many bags as he could.

She said: He thought it might be a passing urge like you get when youre pregnant, but those crisps became my favourite food.

Id never eaten them before. I preferred chocolate!

The mystery was solved when she met donor Keely Jackson, 37, whose bone marrow was matched with hers by charity Anthony Nolan.

Claire, of Middlesbrough, who needed a transplant to treat a rare blood cancer, gave nurse Keely thank you gifts and a pack of Monster Munch.

Claire said: Keely gave me the strangest look like I was playing some trick on her.

She told me shed always been a secret pickled onion Monster Munch addict.

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Id seemingly inherited this peculiar obsession from someone whose DNA I now share.

Keely, from Wakefield, West Yorks, said: Ive got a Monster Munch friend for life!

Rebecca Pritchard, of Anthony Nolan, said: From time to time, recipients do report developing tastes shared with their donor.

She added: While all of our activities are restricted at this time, we can still help people like Claire, with blood cancer, by joining the Anthony Nolan register online or donating to our emergency appeal.

Anthony Nolan needs to raise an extra 10,000 every month that the coronavirus pandemic goes on to continue to fund their work. Visit





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