Alan Vickers met his wife Sally Vickers in 2003. At first she seemed well, but in 2004 Sally collapsed at home and was rushed to hospital.
Doctors couldn’t identify what had caused Sally’s condition at first. It was not until 2005 that she was diagnosed with the Hepatitis C virus. She had contracted the virus from a contaminated blood transfusion she received
in 1982 when she was a teenager.
Before her diagnosis Sally suffered with ill-health but could not put it down to anything in particular. She suffered from pain, fatigue and depression and had to give up work in the late 90’s because of her symptoms.
The fight for justice
Although Sally’s symptoms began to make sense after the diagnosis, her health sadly continued to deteriorate. She took various medications to help her to live with the condition, including Ribavirin, which Alan states ‘nearly killed her’. Even with the medication, the HCV took its toll on Sally. She lived in acute pain and was later diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
However, Sally’s diagnosis only spurned her on to fight for justice and she spent time campaigning with her friend and fellow victim, Jackie Britton, to seek answers and raise awareness. She played an integral role in campaigning for the Infected Blood Public Inquiry which began in September 2018 and helped create the Whole Blood UK Group which brings together other victims of the contaminated blood scandal to provide support and understanding.
Sadly, in August 2017 Sally was diagnosed with liver cancer caused by Hepatitis C. The cancer spread quickly and only nine days after being diagnosed Sally passed away.
Alan continues to campaign in his wife’s memory for justice for all those affected by contaminated blood.
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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