Life Blood

By Gill Fyffe

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Poisoned. Ruined. A family story. The heart-breaking true story of one woman's fight for justice in the wake of one of the biggest medical scandals in the last 30 years.

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Poisoned. Ruined. Silenced. A family story. In 1988 Gill Fyffe undergoes a traumatic birth, requiring a blood transfusion. Over the following years, Gill struggles to raise her family as she experiences constant and extreme fatigue, at one point falling asleep at the wheel, crashing her car. When her daughter is seven she receives word from the authorities her transfusion was contaminated. She has Hepatitis C, a virus that destroys the liver. Gill is treated with Alpha Interferon. The treatment fails because it is too late. Because of the crippling side-effects, including memory loss, photosensitivity with skin that cannot tolerate sunlight, she has to resign from her job teaching in a top private school. She cannot sue, because it is too late. Financially ruined, Gill uncovers years of unheeded warnings about the safety of blood donations and a shameless official cover-up. LifeBlood is the extraordinary, heart-breaking story of how a woman's life has been affected by one the UK's biggest medical scandals. It's also a remarkable portrait of a family under stress, and how it comes to value what really matters.

As a major inquiry is due to report after many years of delays, Gill's story is a timely and explosive reminder of the human cost of placing profit before ethics and the establishment's unwillingness to compensate for its mistakes.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Freight Books
Publication Date 9 Mar 2015
ISBN 9781910449165
Number of Pages 320

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'This is a story of medical incompetence, political malfeasance, financial hardship and real long-term horrible suffering. It is also one of the funniest, most buoyant, triumphant books I've read in ages - tragi-comedy at a very high level, delightful and admirable.' Sara Maitland, author of Three Times Table, Gossip Forest and A Book of Silence 'This is a tale of bad luck and its rippling effects, a portrait of a family stretched to its limits by uncertainty and lack of accountability. The misfortune itself is not unheard-of, yet Gill Fyffe's narrative approach is fresh and full of surprises: no heartwarming cliches of love triumphing in adversity, no crusading campaigns. The result is writing that rings bold and true.' Jennie Erdal author of Ghosting and The Missing Shade of Blue

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