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business. I was having the time of my life. And it was destroyed. He was 14 years old in 1984 when he was given a dose of Factor VIII blood product which had been produced at the Protein Fractionation Centre in Liberton. HIV infection from blood products was known to be a risk at the time, but haemophiliac patients like George who doesn't want to be identified were told the chances were minimal, that Scottish produced Factor VIII was "a quality product". "There was a lot of stuff at the time about HIV, Air Force Pink
So in a rather strained state, I signed three documents to accept the ex gratia payment that meant my life was worth 23,500. "It was just one of the unfortunate things. You're a haemophiliac and you are one of the Orange Nike Air Force 1
unfortunate ones. "Many thousands of patients across Britain received blood products tainted with hepatitis C as part of routine medical treatments. How many is unclear. As Charles Gore of The Hepatitis C Trust points out: "It is entirely possible that people may have had contaminated blood and not know they have hepatitis C. "Around 530 Scottish haemophiliacs and patients with bleeding disorders were infected with either hepatitis C or HIV contaminated products. Of that number, approximately 300 have died. Once considered a chronic and often deadly disease, now doctors are using a powerful word to describe the results of a new treatment for Hepatitis C. It is news University of Chicago Medicine's Dr. Donald Jensen is happy to spread.
horrible things," he adds. "You have to remember what it was like then, a quarter of the population was going to die from it, if you shook hands with someone you'd get it. "But the general feeling was that because blood products were locally made and not commercially bought, there wasn't much for us to worry about. "Seven years later, George arrived for his routine check up expecting a quick examination and brief chat about his treatment.
Instead, he received devastating news delivered by consultant Professor Christopher Ludlam. "There was an awkward silence. He cleared his throat and said 'something has come to my attention that I need to Nike Air Force 1 High Wheat discuss with you. It appears you were one of the unfortunates that has become infected'. He said 'You will be dead within a year'. "It wasn't quite what I expected from a routine hospital appointment," he says. "I remember trying to stifle the tears. "I'd seen all these famous people dying from this horrific condition. Plus the shame, this was something that drug addicts got, it was something that homosexuals got. I thought 'what will happen if this comes out? People will think I'm either a drug addict or homosexual'. ""I knew there should be witnesses to all of this, but the paperwork was already signed by the other people.
s "disaster" 45 year old George is more blunt. "At the end of the day, what kind of justice am I going to get?," he whispers. "I'm blind, severely disabled, I've had bowel cancer. "I was young, enthusiastic, I was achieving things, running my own Nike Air Force 1 Low Outfit
For 25 years he's treated patients with hepatitis c, a .
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