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Blood scandal records 'missing'.

VICTIMS of the contaminated blood scandal yesterday told an inquiry medical records were "destroyed".

Giving evidence in Edinburgh, John McDougall said his teenage son Euan and brother-in-law Terry McStay both died of AIDS contracted through blood products used to treat haemophilia.

Euan was diagnosed with HIV in 1985, aged eight. John told the Infected Blood Inquiry how his son suffered bouts of paralysis and gradually went blind before dying in 1994.

When he tried to access his son's medical records, he was told there was no trace of them.

John said medics at Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow refused to provide heat-treated products on grounds of cost and efficacy - but within six weeks of Terry's death, they started to do so.

Eileen Dyson, who was given a blood transfusion aged 29 following the birth of her son at Bellshill Maternity Hospital in Lanarkshire in 1988, was not diagnosed with hepatitis C until 1994.

She said doctors were "evasive" about how she had contracted it and she was given no treatment plan for 14 years.

Eileen, who is now free of hepatitis C but expects to need a liver transplant, told the inquiry missing medical records continue to hamper her treatment.

Thousands of patients were infected with HIV and hepatitis C via contaminated blood products in the 70s and 80s. About 2400 died.

The inquiry continues.


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Date:Jul 4, 2019
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