Jackie Britton gave birth to her first child in 1983. A few days after giving birth, she suffered a haemorrhage. Jackie had to be operated on, and received 4 units of blood.
Jackie recovered from the operation and blood transfusion, and gave birth to her second daughter a couple of years later with no complications.
In 2009, Jackie started to feel unwell and was unexplainably losing weight. She went to the doctors, who detected she had cysts on her ovaries. Her ovaries were removed, but she did not show any signs on improvement.
Hepatitis C diagnosis
Jackie started to feel sick every day, and her fatigue grew worse. She returned to the doctors in 2011, who eventually gave her a blood test. It was then that she was told she had Hepatitis C (HCV), contracted from the contaminated blood transfusion given 28 years before.
The diagnosis had a devastating impact on Jackie and her family. Not only did Jackie have to come to terms with her own diagnosis, but she was distraught at the thought that she could have passed Hepatitis C onto her second daughter and grandchild. Thankfully, Jackie’s daughter and granddaughter were tested and after an anxious wait were told that had not contracted HCV.
Jackie received her first round of treatment shortly after her diagnosis in 2011. She received the treatment for three months, but did not respond.
In 2012, Jackie trialled a new treatment for Hepatitis C. However, half way through the treatment, her symptoms started to return, and it was confirmed that this had also failed.
After a lot of extensive research, Jackie approached King’s College, as they carried out drugs trials and liver transplants. She received her third lot of treatment in 2015, which was successful. Although Hepatitis C can no longer be traced in Jackie’s blood, she suffers with cirrhosis and pernicious anaemia as a result of the virus. She still suffers from extreme fatigue, and has to rely heavily on the help of her elderly parents.
Campaigning for Justice
Since her diagnosis, Jackie has been fighting for justice. She spent time campaigning with her friend and fellow victim, Sally Vickers, who sadly passed in 2017, seeking answers and raising awareness.
- Working with The Liver Trust and The Hep C Trust, discussing Hepatitis C and contaminated blood with the public.
- Jackie played an integral role in campaigning for the Infected Blood Public Inquiry which began in September 2018
- Jackie created the Whole Blood UK Group which brings together other victims of the contaminated blood scandal to provide support and understanding.
Our clients have been campaigning for many years for answers to their questions, the most burning question being how could contaminated blood have been given to so many NHS patients? We are taking steps to ensure that the surviving victims, and their families, are able to move forward with their lives
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