Families to Tell of Nv-CJD Anguish
Murphy, Eileen, The Independent (London, England)
THE PUBLIC inquiry into BSE will next week hear harrowing accounts from families who have seen their loved ones die from the human form of "mad cow" disease.
The statements from 15 relatives tell how family members lost their memory, lashed out at their own children and suffered depression as the degenerative neurological disorder, new-variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease (nv-CJD), devastated their brain.
The inquiry, which has already heard evidence from farmers, medical and government officials, was set up after victims' families pressed for an explanation of how and why relatives came to develop the disease, which has been linked to eating BSE-infected meat. Esther Beaney describes how her partner Barry Baker, 32, a "loving, gentle" forestry worker from Kent who had once weighed 15 stones, looked like a prisoner of war by the time he died in June 1996. The father of two started complaining of …
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Publication information: Article title: Families to Tell of Nv-CJD Anguish. Contributors: Murphy, Eileen - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: October 24, 1998. Page number: 11. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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