Contaminated blood survey: "My four brothers are dead"



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Legend of the mediaInvestigation of tainted blood: "We saw them all die"

A man who is one of six brothers all contaminated with tainted blood told of the deaths of four of his siblings.

Testifying to the investigation into the tainted blood scandal, John Horns said he was infected with hepatitis C during the treatment of hemophilia.

He added that his family had been "mentally torn" and that two of his children had changed their family names because of the stigma.

The survey is being held in Leeds until June 21st.

It examines how thousands of patients received infected blood products during the 1970s and 1980s as part of what has been repeatedly called "the worst treatment scandal in the history of the NHS".

Some 4,800 hemophiliacs have been infected with hepatitis C in two decades. More than 2,000 people reportedly died.

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The investigation seeks to find out why 4,800 people with hemophilia were infected with hepatitis C or HIV.

Mr Cornes, 58, of Kings Heath in Birmingham, said at the hearing that three of his brothers had been infected with HIV and had died in the 1990s.

Gary, 26, died in 1992, Roy, also 26, in 1994 and Gordon, 40, in 1995.

Another brother, also suffering from hepatitis C, died two years ago.

Mr. Cornes stated that Roy "involuntarily infected a girl with HIV and died before her death".

"The press grabbed it and shot at the family, they tore it mentally," he said.

Mr Cornes said that they were known as "crazy" or "AIDS family" in Birmingham. 50 reporters hid in hedges at Gary's funeral to take pictures.

Gary's wife also contracted HIV and died in 2000, he added.

He said: "I have a load of nephews and nieces of brothers who have died and I have nephews who have neither mother nor father.

"So, at least 30 members of my family are affected, I am here to represent not only the infected people, but also the people affected."

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He compared his family's treatment of the Irish community in Birmingham following the bomb attacks in a pub in 1974.

He said: "If you were Irish, you would be beaten, there was a very bad atmosphere.

"What happened to our family was exactly the same thing, the" AIDS family. "It was not their fault and it was not our fault, of what had happened to us. "

Mr. Horns, who began receiving treatment for hemophilia in the late 1970s, said that, as a child, "the only treatment was transfusions with cold compresses to stop bleeding."

When asked if he had given him warnings about any possible problems related to the treatment, he replied: "We have not received any information, we did not know anything about them." virus or anything like that. "

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