Saturday, October 3, 2015

Gulf War Soldier infected with hepatitis C after being given tainted blood transfusion

Tainted blood transfusion felled Gulf War hero with Hepatitis C

A FORMER soldier has told how he was infected with Hepatitis C after being given tainted blood in a blood transfusion in the first Gulf War.

PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sun, Oct 4, 2015

The Warrant Officer in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, who has asked to remain anonymous, was medically discharged after almost 26 years of service.

He was given the blood transfusion during Desert Storm in December 1990 but became ill when serving in Kosovo in 2000.

It was still not until he collapsed in 2003 in Germany that it was discovered he had the devastating illness.

On top of the disease he has cirrhosis of the liver and may need to have a liver transplant.

Now, after more than 10 years he has described his experiences to back the Sunday Express Tainted Blood Campaign.

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