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From: TSS ()
Subject: Brain surgery left father of four with fatal CJD
Date: April 13, 2005 at 6:02 pm PST

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Subject: Brain surgery left father of four with fatal CJD
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 20:09:26 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Brain surgery left father of four with fatal CJD
By David Sapsted
(Filed: 14/04/2005)

A keen weightlifter died weighing just four stone after contracting
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease from a surgical patch made from infected
tissue taken from corpses, an inquest heard yesterday.

The widow of Simon Stratford, 34, told the hearing that, in the six
months leading up to his death, her husband was transformed from a fit,
fun-loving father of four to an emaciated, dribbling shell barely
capable of speech.

Mr Stratford, a furniture remover, contracted the disease in 1987 - 15
years before his death - when he underwent brain surgery at
Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambs.

During the operation, the inquest in Huntingdon was told, a surgical
patch known as lyodura, which was made in Germany from brain tissue from
cadavers, was used to repair the surgical membrane covering Mr
Stratford's brain.

The patches were withdrawn in 1996 after public disquiet over their use
and warnings over the potential risks of lyodura were issued by the
Department of Health, just a month before Mr Stratford's operation.

Richard Hatfield, a neuro-surgeon involved in the operation, told the
inquest that he had not been aware of the warnings at the time. "We
continued to use it for many years. The general feeling was that it was
safe at that time," he said. However, the inquest was told that six
people in Britain had developed CJD specifically linked to lyodura.

Colleen Stratford, 37, the victim's widow, described her husband's
decline from the time the disease took hold until his death in October,
2002.

"He was a fun-loving and devoted father. He was exceptional," said Mrs
Stratford. "Towards the end, he couldn't walk straight.

"He was dribbling and sounded like a drunk. He cried a lot and told me
he was dying."

Coroner David Morris, finding that Mr Stratford died of iatrogenic CJD -
a form of the disease passed to patients during medical procedures -
recorded a verdict of medical misadventure.

After the hearing, Mrs Stratford said that she was considering legal action.

http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/04/14/ncjd14.xml

Corpse 'brain patch' gave man CJD

BBC News, UK - 9 hours ago
A brain patch containing tissue from human corpses gave a man who later
died CJD, a inquest has heard. Coroner David Morris was ...

TSS

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