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Dying In Vein

MacKay & Milbouer have documented, through photographs and words, those hemophiliacs who are afflicted with the HIV and hepatitis viruses: Those who are suffering. Those who have perished. Those who have survived the deaths of their loved ones. And the warriors who are fighting to bring to justice the drug companies and government agencies responsible for so much suffering.

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: Hollis Publishing Co. (April 2004)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 188418622X

ISBN-13: 978-1884186226

Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #205 in Books > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Diseases & Physical Ailments > AIDS

Through compelling photographs, by MacKay, and a moving narrative, by Milbouer, this book will help readers understand why this travesty DIDN'T have to happen! Each of the stories of the hemophiliacs contaminated with HIV through blood clotting factor, will move the reader to ask the question, "Why did our country let this nightmare happen when they knew ways to test the blood?"Why didn't they listen to those who were advising them to take extra measures in testing the blood and blood clotting products? Why should people read this book? The simple answer is that ALL Americans must know the TRUTH about what happened during the early and mid-1980s in the blood banks. As the Institute of Medicine stated in its investigation, the FDA was slow to act on a treatment proven to prevent transmission of the virus. Also, the FDA was negligent because it failed to test for hepatitis b core antibodies. The CDC recommended the FDA use certain screening procedures, but they chose not to test. Was expense an issue? Thus, thousands of hemophiliacs and non-hemophiliacs were contaminated with HIV, and eventually died of AIDS, hepatitis C, or AIDS related illnesses.Kathy MacKay is a strong and courageous woman, who watched her hemophiliac husband die needlessly of hepatitis C as a result of his HIV infection. David MacKay was only 33 years old and a loving father and special needs teacher. A life snuffed out much too soon, because not enough action was taken to protect the blood products. The pictures of children, women, and men of all ages will touch your heart and cause anger that this happened in America.This book struck a chord within me, since my own elderly mother,a non-hemophiliac, was transfused with HIV contaminated blood in 1983 while undergoing heart bypass surgery.

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