Woman who 'lost two husbands' to contaminated blood scandal gives evidence in inquiry

An inquiry has heard a woman 'lost her two husbands' in the contaminated blood scandal which saw thousands of people given infected transfusions by the NHS.

Liz Hooper from Warwickshire claimed her husbands were taken away so 'cruelly' after their blood was contaminated.

Her husband Paul Hooper had been infected with both HIV and Hepatitis C in the contaminated blood scandal.

Liz said Paul had been infected with HIV and Hepatitis C for about 25-years. He had severe haemophilia A and was treated with factor eight. Paul died after following a cardiac arrest.

Liz's first as her first husband Jeremy, to whom she was married for 23-years, was also a haemophiliac.

Jeremy was told in 1995/6 that he had Hepatitis C by doctors and that it would attack his liver and had it for about 10-years.

At the end of Jeremy's treatment he was told he hadn't cleared the virus.On 8 December 2008, Jeremy underwent an endoscopy at Warwick Hospital but his esophagus ruptured and he bleed to death. The couple, from Kineton, Warwickshire, had a son together, who is now 25-years-old.

Nearly 3,000 people died after being treated with blood products infected with Hepatitis viruses and HIV during the 1970s and 1980s.

Liz said she had to sell their home because she couldn't afford the mortgage after Jeremy's passing.

The inquiry is expected to take three years and victim support groups estimate between 250 and 300 more of those affected will not live to see its conclusions.

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