Monday, October 1, 2007

A day of injustice and Sadness

Four Doctors and a U.S. drug company were acquitted of criminal charges relating to the distribution of a tainted blood-clotting product that left many infected with HIV and hepatitis C in one of Canada's biggest public health disasters.
After an 18-month trial, Superior Court Justice Mary Lou Benotto acquitted former officials from the Canadian Red Cross Society, Health Canada and New Jersey-based Armour Pharmaceutical Co. of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and common nuisance endangering the public.
Dr. Roger Perrault, the society's former national medical director, former Health Canada officials Dr. John Furesz and Dr. Donald Boucher, and ex-Armour Pharmaceutical executive Dr. Michael Rodell were charged with one count each of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and common nuisance endangering the public after patients were given the infected blood-clotting product in 1986-87octors in Canadian Tainted Blood Trial.
My emotions today from 4pm on have been anger, sadness and that of disbelief.
How could this happen??? What happened to our justice system today??
What about lives lost, families lives turned upside down, ongoing suffering, financial losses and I could go to fill this freaking page!!
I wanted closure, there was none today, I was in total shock watching Dr. Perrault slither his way out of the courthouse saying he was okay with the verdict??
Well let me tell you how my life had been 10 years ago, it was turned upside down finding out that I was Hep C positive from a tainted blood transfusion. Newly married to a wonderful man thinking my wonderful life as I knew it was over. It jeopardized my employment, I quit my job, too sick to work, it almost cost me an adoption of my daughter. How do you think it was to be on treatment for 18 months, my 3 yr old rubbing my back while I threw up 3/4 's of my day. How did it feel when I discovered hunks of my hair surrounding me in the bathtub one morning, do you care? I am one of the LUCKY ones, I have been inactive for 2 years, what about the ones who succumb to the pain and suffering of HIV and HEP C, what about their loved ones they infected, is there anything more horrific to think you gave the woman or man you love a disease that is going to take their life. What about the loved ones left to mourn and suffer the loss of a parent, sibling, spouse, they now have to live out their lives thinking their family members died in vain? There is also a huge financial burden on these families, having these health issues has cost people their jobs, their lively hood and dignity.
I sit here tonight my fingers shaking at the keyboard from rage, having my own pity party of how this has robbed me of so much. All I ever wanted was someone to say to me "WERE SORRY", this was too much to ask.
So now I say it to those affected so tragically with this scandal, "I am so sorry this happened to you and your family, my heart aches with you, for your pain and suffering. You are all in my thoughts tonight and my prayers.


redmaryjanes said...

That is awful, inexcusable and disgusting. I cannot believe those people can just walk away from something like that.
I am so sorry that this has caused you so much pain and reflection on your health and the toll your illness has taken on you and your family.

e.a.greenhalgh said...

My wife and I met with Hep C committee in Ottawa in 97, we had in common the cause of fighting corruption, and I also survived cancer. The Hep C people were hopeful.You have now learnt what happens when we don't have high standards of law and morals.It is very sad to lose people to such a tragedy, but you must fight injustice or the corrupt people just get rich on your impotence. One reason you lost is professionals are afraid to speak up and fight. I have spoken up and have been blacklisted , see my website and the October 2007 update. It asks for people to bear witness. If you don't bear witness expect more of the same as with Tainted Blood , not less. The only thing these EXECUTIVES have learnt is you will let them get away with it. E.A.Greenhalgh

Beverly said...

I am so sorry to hear this happened to you. No words will do justice to your experience.


mommy24treasures said...

I can imagine your anger and your feelings... I am sorry. It is not fair, It is absolutely a million times unfair. Its ludicrous. said...

This is horrific! I can't believe it. I know it's true, just unimaginable. Yes, you should be beyond angry.

Steffie B. said...

Oh you poor soul.....I had no idea. I would be furious as well. I am so glad to hear that you are now doing well. Who wouldn't with those two preious little monkey's that you have! ;)

Hope you have a good weekend.

Doris & Dan said...

It is a terrible injustice to you and so many others.


A Special Family said...

When I heard this on the BBC news I was so so so sad and simply can't understand how this decision was made. I am so sorry Kerri

Sam said...

I'm so sorry, sweetie! This should never had happened in the first place and now... It's just not right!

Salome's Mom said...

Oh sweetheart, I had no idea! I am so sorry and so ANGRY at those people. I can only fathom what you must be feeling. The gross injustice, it is sickening. I am hurting for you my friend.

kerri said...

I can't begin to find the words to say how overwhelmed and comforted I feel by everyone's kind comments.
It has been a long agonizing journey to get this disappointing end. After a long process I have decided that this anger has not place in my life, it is not healthy physically or emotionally.
You all have helped me find this place by your kindness.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart. :O)

secret agent said...

sorry I am late
sending you the hugest hug ever
with some nice herbal tea.

My best friends dad just got diagnosed.....

it sucks, I'm sorry this is a part of your life

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