I can’t take it with me? But I just DID!

May 7, 2007

This British guy thought being told that he had cancer and would live for only a year was the worst news he could ever get. Until they told him he wasn’t dying, after all.

It’s not that John Brandrick exactly wanted to die, but when doctors gave him the death sentence, he went on a wild spending spree. He quit his job, got rid of his possessions, stopped paying his mortgage and spent his savings dining out and going on vacations.

The splurge left him with nothing but the outfit he planned to be buried in, and that’s when he got better. Now, he’s showing his gratitude by looking for compensation, possibly from the hospital that gave him the first diagnosis. Here’s his story:

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A man poses with coins as he empties a money jar in a file photo. REUTERS/Darren Staples

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