The BSE scandal transmitted a terrible human tragedy – vCJD. It affects predominantly young people in their teens and twenties. They die from an horrific disease that has all the symptoms of every possible terminal illness you can imagine. Its agent, BSE, was given free-reign again and again to enter the food chain. It was allowed to wreck lives, families, careers, homes and futures. Hundreds have died globally of vCJD and young people continue to die of this horrific UK man made manufactured disease’
Latest Health Protection Agency research has stated that ‘1 in 2,000 of the UK population now carry or are incubating vcjd’. (December 2012 The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 12, Issue 12 Page 897) With incubation periods of upwards of 50 years millions of us remain at ‘risk’ of dying like my Andrew.
As I write this four people have died of human BSE in the same region in Italy, the human form of mad cow disease remains a UK and global deadly health issue.
Thousands more live with an ‘at risk status of developing vCJD’ due to blood/blood products and medical proceedures. Millions of us in the UK have been exposed to BSE, even strict veggies have eaten at least 50 BSE infected meals. Hindus, Sikhs and strict veggies have died of vCJD.
The Department of Health official statistics regarding the numbers of people who have died of vCJD are being manipulated to
falsely reassure that the disease has gone away. Since Andrew died I have and continue to meet, film, and interview victims of vCJD, in the Uk and abroad, many of these victims never appear on any official records or statistics. During my ongoing investigations I have been repeatedly blocked ignored, intimidated and bullied…..why? if there is nothing to hide?
The establishment says no-one is to blame for the BSE scandal or the horror of vCJD. It says there are no culprits or guilty parties, no-one to take responsibility, but vCJD didn’t just happen like some terrible natural disaster. It was man-made, manufactured in the UK and more importantly, it was allowed to grow and flourish. Time and again those I name and shame on this website knew the deadly dangers to human health but put their careers, government policy and the huge profits made by agriculture/pharmaceutical and food corporations before my young son’s life and health, before you and your family’s well-being.
vCJD is still portrayed as something unforeseeable and unpreventable instead of an avoidable, preventable disease. If the Government and officials had not passed the buck, not remained silent, not ignored evidence, not withheld crucial information, then hundreds of innocent victims of vCJD ( the youngest just 12 years old) would still be alive and the desperate victims that continue to battle vCJD would not be devsatatingly impaired and disabled.
My son had a terrible, noisy and distressing death. For four long days and nights I held my son as he fought to stay alive. Although Andy’s brain had been systematically destroyed by vCJD, his 24-year-old body refused to give up. His heart was strong. I held him as his lungs tried to suck in every last gasp. His body didn’t want to die. It was in perpetual motion as his chest and diaphragm tried to force air in. His rasping and deafening breaths filled every corner of my bedroom and this horror, despite morphine, went on for four days and nights. Even though I held him tightly, rocking him back and forth as I did when he was a baby, the metal bed that had become his home shook with the power of his young body refusing to give up or let go. Young people who die of vCJD do not go peacefully to their deaths, their dying is horrific and painful as they are not ready to die.
My beloved, beautiful, gentle, kind boy was reduced to a shell. He was blind, deaf, quadriplegic, unable to recognise or remember anything or anyone. Those last images of my Andy are burned on my soul and broken heart.
Many men and women are responsible for what happened to my son. All have escaped judgement. The culprits are named and shamed on this website. Despite many media reports about these Ministers and Government officials’ corruption and lies, there has so far been no public-accountability. No-one has lost their job. No-one has lost their status. No-one has lost their reputation. No one has lost their freedom. As I write this in September 2015 Douglas Hogg one of the architects of human BSE, ( see his profile) has just been made a peer in the House of Lords.
My son lost at least 50 years of life and love. As a mother who has had her only son unlawfully killed by vCJD I continue to pursue those responsible so that they face criminal proceedings. All families affected by vCJD demand a criminal investigation and for those culpable to be imprisoned. When the likes of John Gummer, Kenneth Clarke, Margaret Thatcher culpable for my only sons unlawful death, were deliberately putting the UK public’s lives at risk to increase share-holders profits and expand their political and economic policies they didnt know how many millions could die of vCJD. They used the whole of the UK population as an experiment whilst making sure top scientists and their own families were protected from BSE. Over 150 UK children under the age of 10 have lost a mother or father to vCJD.
Hundreds more children under the age of 16 were put ‘at risk’ of developing vCJD due to receiving contaminated blood products sourced from blood donors that have died of vCJD. One child born to a mother dying of vCJD is totally disabled due to the disease and cared for by her grandmother, three other children have been born to mothers in the terminal stages of vCJD. The list of victims and potential victims of vCJD are tens of thousands.Andy could be any mothers son, anyones partner, brother, grandchild, unfortunately in the months and years to come there will be more Andrews whose lives will be cruelly stolen by vCJD. Eight years ago my son Andy died of vCJD. Next week, next month,next year it could be your family member or even you……
Since Andrew died I have sat with many young people at various stages of the disease, dying but their voices not heard and their families intimidated to keep quiet and not let on just how many people are and continue to be affected by the human form of mad cow disease. This is not only a UK cover-up but world wide corruption, as I have travelled across the world meeting families from all cultures and backgrounds who have lost a loved one to this deadly disease.
Please join me in my continuing campaign to get justice for my son Andy’s avoidable and untimely death. Help me to protect your family and children. When Andrew was dying he asked me ‘ Find out who did this to me mum and expose them’. Always thinking of others he said ‘ This must never happen again’. I continue to honour those promises to my dying son and will do so with my dying breath.
Thank you for supporting me during what has been the worst of times – Christine x.