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Wooly Noggins
06-14-2005, 09:45 AM
Canada Red Cross used HIV blood
The Red Cross in Canada has pleaded guilty to distributing contaminated blood supplies which infected thousands of Canadians with HIV and hepatitis C.

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The Red Cross in Canada has pleaded guilty to distributing contaminated blood supplies which infected thousands of Canadians with HIV and hepatitis C.
More than 3,000 people have died since getting the tainted blood in the 1980s.

The blood scandal is widely regarded as one of the worst public health disasters in Canadian history.

The organisation now faces a fine of up to C$5,000 ($4,000 2,200), but charges of criminal negligence could be dropped as part of a deal with prosecutors.

For the first time, the head of the Canadian Red Cross, Dr Pierre Duplessis, has apologised to the victims and their families.

In a video-taped message shown in court, Dr Duplessis said the Red Cross accepted responsibility for distributing harmful products to those that relied on the charity.

Transfusions

More than 1,000 people became infected with HIV and as many as 20,000 others contracted hepatitis C through blood transfusions and blood products

Many of the victims were haemophiliacs.

Mike McCarthy, spokesman for the Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS), said: "How can anyone be satisfied? Thousands of people lost their lives.

"Hundreds and hundreds of people are living with these fatal viruses today.

"There's no great outcome here for anybody that's gone through the tainted-blood scandal."

John Plater, Ontario president of the CHS, said: "Finally, the Red Cross has accepted responsibility for their part in the tainted blood tragedy.

"It's the least they can do for the sake of victims who have waited two decades for someone to be held accountable."

In 1997, a public inquiry strongly criticised the Canadian Red Cross, which had run the country's blood supply system for decades.

As a result, the Red Cross was stripped of this role and was replaced by a government agency.

The blood scandal also led to several lawsuits against the Red Cross.

After years of legal wrangling, the charity has decided to plead guilty to distributing the contaminated blood.

It said it would donate C$1.5m ($1.2m) towards medical research and educational scholarships.



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num2son
06-14-2005, 10:42 AM
Canada's red cross are killing their own people.

Funk_Dock
06-14-2005, 10:48 AM
thats so fuckin stupid

Queen Of Poetry
06-14-2005, 11:01 AM
This could happen anywhere....this is exactly the reason why when I gave birth to my daughter I refused a blood transfusion...I lost alot of blood but I'd rather be weak for awhile then find out in 5 years I have hepatitis or hiv.

num2son
06-14-2005, 11:03 AM
This could happen anywhere....this is exactly the reason why when I gave birth to my daughter I refused a blood transfusion...I lost alot of blood but I'd rather be weak for awhile then find out in 5 years I have hepatitis or hiv.
WOW, Good choice.

Wooly Noggins
06-17-2005, 10:37 PM
word don't let just anyone stick you with a needle

they might put Kool aid in your blood

SHRAP
06-18-2005, 02:47 AM
never knew about it

Rebel_INS
06-18-2005, 02:48 AM
What the fuck? Ignorant peepz fa real

100pr00f
06-18-2005, 10:15 AM
damn that sucks

Eye M Woman
06-18-2005, 12:51 PM
Same thing happened in ths US..thats how Arthur Ashe was infected and many others..babies and all..from tainted blood.Reagan didnt want to even mention AIDS during the 80's or use the Hepatits test that could have been used to check the blood for HIV...bc it COST TOO MUCH!

*smh*

LHX
06-18-2005, 01:26 PM
wait till they bust out the ebola-aids and the bubonic-syphilis

diseased evil corrupt porkchop eatin' rage