Witnesses who have been “infected and affected” by the contaminated scandal have shown “impressive dignity, courage and resilience”, the inquiry chair has said.
Infected Blood Inquiry
The father of twin boys infected with HIV and hepatitis C from contaminated blood has told of his horror at discovering one of his sons had his brain removed for testing after his death, without the family’s knowledge or permission.
“Lost or destroyed” hospital records of a patient believed to have been infected with hepatitis C during an operation prevented him from receiving compensation, an inquiry has heard.
An organ donor who was infected with HIV from a contaminated blood transfusion after a fatal crash passed on the virus to all the recipients of his donated kidneys, heart and liver.
A former police officer, a care worker who almost took her own life and the widow of a man whose HIV was kept secret from them both have told an inquiry of the devastating impact of infected blood transfusions.
Victims of the contaminated blood scandal have told an inquiry how medical records were “destroyed”.
A man who was not told he had hepatitis C which was likely linked to infected blood products until nine years after being diagnosed has told an inquiry there was a “coalition of secrecy” around the scandal.
The Infected Blood Inquiry will hold its first hearings in Scotland later.
A retired senior NHS manager has described how she was “made to feel like a leper” after she found out she had contracted Hepatitis C following a series of blood transfusions 40 years ago.
A mother who believes that doctors misled her about the condition of her son, who died after contracting HIV, has told an inquiry his final words to her were: “Get them, mam, get them for what they’ve done.”
A man who lost three of his haemophilia-suffering brothers to HIV after they were given blood products as part of their treatment has told an inquiry how he and his loved ones were vilified and branded the “AIDS family”.