Businessman and grandad dies from CJD

Danny Doherty who has died at the age of 69 of CJD.'Danny and Jean at a wedding just weeks before his CJD diagnosis
Danny Doherty who has died at the age of 69 of CJD.'Danny and Jean at a wedding just weeks before his CJD diagnosis

A LOCAL businessman and grandfather has died from a form of the brain disease CJD which strikes just one in a million.

Danny Doherty is the latest victim of a terrible illness which once claimed the life of a Wigan schoolgirl.

This devastating illness is hugely distressing for all family members

Jean Doherty

The mother of Zoe Jeffries will be speaking exclusively to the Wigan Evening Post tomorrow as part of a major series of articles on this devastating illness.

The 14-year-old Hawkley Hall High School pupil died at her Goose Green home in 2000, two years after diagnosis.

At the time she was believed to be Britain’s youngest CJD fatality.

Mr Doherty’s death is not linked to the variant form of the disease associated with mad cow disease and infected beef.

But the 69-year-old died within weeks of his diagnosis of sporadic Creutzfeldt Jakob disease which is an incurable rapid form of dementia. Only three months earlier he had begun displaying symptoms including forgetfulness and getting lost when driving familiar routes.

Danny’s devastated family today paid tribute to him and revealed how the cruel illness stole him “piece by piece” until he was unable to walk, talk and see before the disease claimed his life last month.

The Evening Post tells Danny’s story as it launches its series CJD: The Hidden Tragedy looking back at 
the disease and how contrary to belief, it has not gone away.

We will be speaking to affected families about how their pain is eternal as well as talking to experts and officials.

Danny’s wife of 48 years Jean today said: “This devastating illness is hugely distressing for all family members.

“Danny deteriorated so quickly and the disease is very cruel in how it takes the person you know away from you.”