Following the start of a new RTE drama series on the hepatitis C/Anti-D infection scandal a number of help and information lines have been set up for women concerned about infection.
Positive Action, the support group for those infected has a helpline at 1850 200231.
The information line for the Irish Blood Transfusion Service is 1800 222111.
There remains some concern that not all of those who may have been exposed to contaminated Anti-D, given to some women at childbirth, have come forward for testing. Others who tested negative at the time of the national screening programme in 1994, after the scandal was revealed, are anxious to be re-screened.
The second part of the TV drama, 'No tears' begins at 9.30pm next Monday on RTE 1.
For more information on hepatitis C, go to...http://www.irishhealth.com/index.html?level=4&id=195
I watched the first episode of "No Tears" last monday and while I'm not or have no concerns about being one of the "unknown" Hep. C sufferers, I found the drama extremely moving and quite disturbing. Seeing Brenda Fricker's Character getting support from her husband and family and the Dublin Lady, whose name I can't recall, suffering the break-up of her marriage through no fault of her own, I can only imagine the devastation felt by all those women affected by the Hep. C Scandal. Having to go for years being treated (as in the Dublin Woman's case) as being lazy, mentally ill etc. and then finding out that you were sick all along must be one of the hardest things to come to terms with. It's about time the impact and devastation, even though via a TV programme, of the Hep. C Scandal has had on the people involved is shown. RTE should be praised for their portrayal of this disaster and I for one will most certainly be watching the rest of the drama. I also think that other countries should reveal their problems with patients getting Hep. C from contaminated blood. My cousin, who lives in the UK, was involved in a life-threatening crash in the early 1980's. He started feeling tired etc. in early 1990 and in 1997 was told that "sorry, you contracted Hep. C from the blood tranfusions you got after the crash". His family now have to watch him slowly waste away and at 45 years of age with two young children, he should be playing with them and not having to be looked after by them. No amount of money that the women received from the Hep. C. Scandal can give them back their lives or repair the damage done. I just wish all those involved the very best of luck and hope they now get the care and treatment they deserve.
Please explain to me what the anti-D injection is and why it was administered?
Anti-D is a blood product used to prevent RH haemolytic disease. At the end of pregnancy for a woman with RH negative blood whose foetus is RH positive, after the birth some RH positive blood will be left in the mother's system. She will then develop antibodies to destroy this RH positive blood which remains in her system. The danger is that if she becomes pregnant again with a RH positive foetus, the already established antibodies will attack the baby in her womb (resulting in a so-called 'Blue Baby'). So, the Anti-D injection given within 48 hours of the end of pregnancy protects the mother from developing these harmful antibodies and protects the next baby.
Should women who have had anti d administered in the uk be checked?
Pregnant women with rhesus negative blood group need to be vigilant if they are offered the Anti-D injection following childbirth. The National Haemovigilance Annual Report are still finding errors being recorded i.e. some women receiving the wrong blood group in the Anti-D injection.
Irecently had a miscarriage at 8 weeks gestation. I am rhesus negative and my first baby was positive. I had anti-d after his birth. Should I have been given it after the miscarriage also?
I am so happy to come to a place that knew my problem, finally. I got Hep-C when i got my first child, but i live in Sweden and we are 7 % who is RH- so my case havent been brought up or even admitted it. I assume that Ireland has much higher rate of RH- blod? And therefore you come further in being respected due to your interest, the only country wich have give the mothers a sum of money, i think. In my country - 0. The problem is that the medicalindustries dont want us to discuss this, they just want to sell interferon. And if we begin to talk abaut other bloodbased midicines, vaccines for ex. we begin to be thretening. I wonder if there is any Hepatitis-C foundatin in Ireland, i would be glad to get the adress or homepage, The international liverfoundation is not interest in my questions, and ther is no Irish member , why? i see that it hasnt been any message since 1 year ago, hope some will read and help
i watched no tears on tg4 this evening. the programe was so moving, tears brought to my eyes. and the daughter of one of the woman, the daughter blames herself cause her mammy got this, as she was expecting her at the time, that poor girl.