Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I'll Fight on for Dad; Louise Vows to Pursue Legal Claim

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I'll Fight on for Dad; Louise Vows to Pursue Legal Claim

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Byline: SARAH JUDD

THE daughter of a "fab" dad who died after battling breast cancer is continuing his claim that chemicals he worked with at ICI caused the deadly disease.

Louise Foster, 26, from Thornaby, decided to continue the claim in memory of her dad Derek Foster, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.

She said: "My dad started pursuing the claim when he was still alive. I informed Irwin Mitchell Solicitors of his passing away and they said I could continue the claim."

Louise and her late mum, Ann, were shocked when her father developed breast cancer, a disease normally associated with women.

"We were all shocked," said Louise, a supermarket worker.

Derek, of Thornaby, developed the1disease after working as a process technician at ICI Nylon from 1966 to 1971 and at ICI Philips between 1971 and 2007.

As part of his job, he assisted in the repairing of chemical leaks with equipment he described to Irwin Mitchell Solicitors as "insufficient".

Following his initial treatment for breast cancer in 2004, Louise told how he "got the all clear", but in 2006 started getting low back pains.

"It took them a while to know what it actually was, but it had spread to his lung and had also gone into his spine and, later, into his hip," she said.

Derek had two bouts of chemotherapy and radiotherapy on his spine and hips.

However, Louise said: "It got worse. He ended up on oxygen and they basically said that there was nothing really they could do.

"But he was always jolly. He joked right up to the end.

"He was fab. He knew everybody and nobody had a bad word to say about him."

Sadly, before his death, Derek and Louise had to cope with the sudden loss of Louise's mum Ann. She died from thrombosis in 2006 aged just 56. Louise said: "Obviously that was a shock. …

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