‘Tainted’ tells story of Canada’s blood scandal through affected family’s eyes
“Tainted,” a play debuting Wednesday in Toronto, recalls the tragic
events through the eyes of a family with three hemophiliac sons who
discover they have contracted both deadly diseases from the clotting
factor made from contaminated blood.
TORONTO – It’s been called one of the worst public health crises in
Canadian history — the contaminated blood scandal that left more than
1,000 Canadians infected with HIV and another 30,000 with hepatitis C.
Some contracted both.
The majority were hemophiliacs who had been
given blood products meant to save their lives, but the treatment turned
out to be a death warrant not only for many of them, but also for loved
ones whom they unwittingly infected.
Andrew’s Story: A Tale of Courage Beyond Imagining
If you want to read a story as exciting as climbing the Himalayas or surviving the wilds of the Amazon jungle, the do we have a treat for you. Andrew’s story is simply amazing. A real tale of courage in the face of seeming death and of overcoming obstacles that no one should really have to face. Well done Andrew and thanks so much for this inspirational story!! –CD
Andrew Cumming has beaten cancer and Hepatitis C, been cured of hemophilia and lived with HIV.
Five years after the cancer diagnosis, he was dealt another blow. On
Dec. 20, 1985 he was cleared of cancer — good news that prompted him to
propose to his girlfriend during lunch. But later that afternoon, he
learned he had been infected with HIV from contaminated Factor VIII used
to treat his hemophilia. The very medicine that was supposed to save
him, had poisoned him.