LifeBlood

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Poisoned. Ruined. Silenced. A family story. The heart-breaking true story of one woman's fight for her family's future in the wake of one of the biggest medical scandals in the last 30 years. In 1988 Gill's daughter is born and she is transfused with four units of blood. She does not know that... Voir plus

Poisoned. Ruined. Silenced. A family story. The heart-breaking true story of one woman's fight for her family's future in the wake of one of the biggest medical scandals in the last 30 years. In 1988 Gill's daughter is born and she is transfused with four units of blood. She does not know that the blood is probably harvested from Scottish or American prisoners. The prisoners probably did not know that their blood was infected with the Hepatitis C virus nor that the virus is destroying their livers. For the first ten years, Hepatitis C has no symptoms save unreasonable fatigue. Gill is falling asleep a lot. She falls asleep against radiators, and raises blisters which leave both shoulders patchworked with scars. She falls asleep at the wheel, drives off the road into a culvert and writes off the car. She falls asleep so often that she worries she is missing her son and daughter growing up. When her daughter is seven years old, she wakens to a letter from the Blood Transfusion Service, advising her that her transfusion was contaminated. Gill is treated with Alpha Interferon. The treatment fails because it is too late. The lawyer explains she cannot sue, because it is too late. Gill explains this situation to the bank. The bank withdraws her overdraft facility. Minus a salary and with no overdraft facility, she appeals to the Inland Revenue. The Inland Revenue threatens to close her husband down. This is for you mum, say her children, slamming Chumbawamba's Tub-Thumping in the tape deck of the car she is about to sell. I get knocked down But I get up again You're never going to keep me down. She sells the car, they sell the cottage. Her health and finances recover long enough for her to resume her career, before the side effects of Alpha Interferon force her to resign. In a panic to secure tuition fees, the family flee to London. And there, in the British Library's Newspaper Archive, destitute again, Gill finds a quarter of a century of headlines. Lord Winston has called it the biggest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS. Despite years of warning from the United States, that Britain rely on safe blood donations from healthy volunteers, and build the new laboratory required to process them, nothing is done. When five thousand people are discovered to have been infected and two thousand die, the evidence is shredded. The slow poison of an official cover-up and an establishment refusal to hold a Public Inquiry almost finishes Gill off. They're never going to keep you down? insists her family. 'This is a story of medical incompetence, political malfeasance, financial hardship and real long-term horrible suffering. It is also one of the funniest, most buoyant, triumphant books I've read in ages - tragi-comedy at a very high level, delightful and admirable.' Sara Maitland, author of Three Times Table, Gossip from the Forest and A Book of Silence 'This is a tale of bad luck and its rippling effects, a portrait of a family stretched to its limits by uncertainty and lack of accountability. The misfortune itself is not unheard-of, yet Gill Fyffe's narrative approach is fresh and full of surprises: no heartwarming clichés of love triumphing in adversity, no crusading campaigns. The result is writing that rings bold and true.' Jennie Erdal author of Ghosting and The Missing Shade of Blue More about Gill Fyffe Released 23rd March Format: paperback 234x155mm Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on print Share on gmail Share on pinterest_share Share on favorites More Sharing ServicesShare ISBN Code: 978-1-910449-16-5 £12.99

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