[lit-ideas] Re: The Constant Gardener

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 12:30:37 EDT

Try this one out -- _http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/5121824.stm_ 
Drug trial victim's 'hell' months 


Ryan Wilson was the worst affected of the six  volunteers

_Drug victim interview _ (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/help/3681938.stm) 

A  young trainee plumber left critically ill when a drug trial went  
dramatically wrong has told the BBC of the "four months of hell" he has  
Ryan Wilson, 20, from London, was the most seriously ill of the six men  
whose heads and bodies swelled up following injections of TGN1412 in  March.  
Mr Wilson, who has left hospital, spoke of his anger at the companies  
involved, during an exclusive BBC interview.  
He may lose all of his toes and parts of three fingers.  
I'm not a weak person, and anyone who knows me  knows that, so I'm not going 
to give up yet 

Ryan Wilson

Mr Wilson is currently using a wheelchair, but will undergoing further  
surgery in about a month's time.  
He said: "I can walk small bits now, but that is only heel-bearing and  I 
have to wear these 'funky' shoes - they do the job, but they are horrid  
"Once I have surgery, it [walking] will depend on how long I take to do  it - 
it could be a month, it just depends on determination."  
Uncertain future  
He adds that doctors are still unsure of the long-term damage that has  been 
"There are a few parts of the immune system that are not right and they  
don't know if they will get back to normal, level off or decrease even  more. 
is hard to tell."  
Mr Wilson entered the trial that took place at Northwick Park Hospital  to 
pay for driving lessons.  
He and five other volunteers were paid £2,000 to be given TGN1412,  created 
by German pharmaceutical company TeGenero, by medical research  company 
Mr Wilson will lose parts of some of his  fingers

It was hoped that the drug would treat conditions such as rheumatoid  
arthritis and leukaemia, but the trial went disastrously wrong.  
Mr Wilson, the worst affected, suffered heart, liver and kidney  failure, 
pneumonia, and septicaemia.  
"I wouldn't want anyone else to go through this - even people that I'd  call 
enemies. It's undignified," he told BBC medical correspondent Fergus  Walsh.  
He said he is angry with the drug companies involved and that he had  been 
through "four months of hell".  
Mr Wilson said he is unsure of his future.  
He believes his career as a plumber is over: "I've got no power in my  hands 
and you need all five digits when you are doing plumbing.  
"That's out of the window and I don't know what I'm going to do now.  
"Basically, that's all I've known since I was 15 - that's five years  that 
have been taken away from me."  
But despite these setbacks, he said remains optimistic about the  future.  
"Every day I wake up is a bright day. It was nearly taken away from me.   
"I'm not a weak person, and anyone who knows me knows that, so I'm not  going 
to give up yet." 

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I found the following link from The Nation.  It's not  just a movie fiction, 
it's real and commonplace:  


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