Dad infected with HIV from tainted NHS blood expected to ‘suffer and die a horrible and painful death’

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Dad infected with HIV from tainted NHS blood expected to 'suffer and die a horrible and painful death'



A DAD who caught HIV from tainted NHS blood had his funeral arranged in hospital as he was not expected to survive.
Perry Evans, 57, told his story on the first day of the Infected Blood Inquiry.
Perry Evans, 57, told his story on the first day of the Infected Blood Inquiry.
He said  he was informed  he had HIV in 1985 after receiving blood to treat  clotting disorder haemophilia.
Perry said: “I was left to my own devices to go home and absorb the information.
“I would suffer and die a horrible and painful death. The outlook was brief and terminal.”
The dad of two who has had hepatitis C,  infections, pneumonia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, thought his number was up in 2008. It followed problems bringing him out of an induced coma in hospital. He said: “They started to get a bit worried and our own vicar . . . he visited. I had my funeral arranged.”’HARROWING’ EVIDENCE
Married  Perry, from Winchester, Hants made a full recovery.
The inquiry is examining the NHS’s worst treatment disaster in which thousands were infected with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and ’80s through contaminated imported blood products.
Chairman Sir Brian Langstaff  said  he has read many of the witness statements, adding: “Some are harrowing; some incredibly moving; some chillingly factual. All are valuable.”

The inquiry  heard that NHS England has written to GPs to warn  some patients  may still not know they have been infected.
The greatest risk, hepatitis C, can show no symptoms until the liver is badly damaged.
The hearing will move around the UK and is due to take three years. It has started in London.
Rex Features Mr Evans was informed  he had HIV in 1985 after receiving infected blood to treat the clotting disorder haemophilia
Victims and family members affected by blood scandal share their emotional testimonies at the start of the Infected Blood Inquiry

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