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Infected blood victim 'arranged funeral in hospital'.

A MAN who contracted HIV has told the Infected Blood Inquiry he was so ill he arranged his funeral in hospital as he did not think he would make it out alive.

Perry Evans, 57, was diagnosed with mild haemophilia as a child and regularly had blood products. He was told he had HIV in 1985 and has suffered health issues including hepatitis C, chest infections, pneumonia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The inquiry heard that in 2008 Mr Evans, from Winchester, was put in an induced coma and medics struggled to bring him out of it. He said: "They started to get a bit worried and our vicar, he came and visited and I had my funeral arranged."

It was put to Mr Evans that he was not expected to survive and he said: "No, no."

The inquiry heard that in his statement, Mr Evans said of his initial diagnosis: "It is a very stark and bleak prognosis."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 1, 2019
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