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Britain's contaminated blood scandal: ‘I need them to admit they killed our son’
In the 1970s and 80s, 4,689 British haemophiliacs were treated with contaminated blood products. So far, more than half of them have died. The government knew there were risks involved. The patients didn’t. Will they ever get justice?It has been called the biggest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS, and a “horrific human tragedy”. But Su Gorman, whose husband has endured years of ill health as a result of haemophilia treatment, does not believe this adequately describes Britain’s contaminated blood scandal. As far as she is concerned, it is simply a crime.In the 1970s and 80s, 4,689 haemophiliacs became infected with hepatitis C and HIV after they were treated with contaminated blood products supplied by the NHS. Of those infected, 2,883 have since died.Waiting for the result, I lived in fear. We had friends dying of Aids, so no illusions about what the endgame would beAt every single stage, the truth has been there and people have evaded it, and that must carry a penaltyThey told us in the hospital corridor, with kids running past. Just, ‘Oh, by the way, Colin has tested positive for HIV'