Chief Cushie ~MaryO~ Posted June 13, 2007 Chief Cushie Report Share Posted June 13, 2007 Since when did Cushing's become a rare form of cancer? http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/features?articleid=2947664 Doug's fight for veterans of nuclear testing A veteran of nuclear testing in the 1950s is highlighting the horrors which continue to be passed down through the generations. Moulton man Doug Hern is litigation secretary for the British Nuclear Test Veterans' Association, a group which campaigns for recognition and compensation for those who took part in testing in the Pacific during the 1950s and 1960s. The association also counts as members children and grandchildren of those who took part in the testing and who have been born with conditions such as cancer and leukaemia believed to be the result of inadequate protection for the servicemen who witnessed the explosions. Doug himself, who spent a year on Christmas Island, suffers from bone spurs and in 1977 lost daughter Gill when she was just 13 to a rare form of cancer called Cushing's Syndrome, something he believes was passed directly down through his genes. He said: "There is now another generation of nuclear veterans. "It is being passed on to our grandchildren and there will be no stopping it. "It has deformed the veterans' bloodline." Descendants of the veterans, some of whom witnessed up to 25 nuclear explosions without wearing safety gear, have been born with unusually high incidences of cancer, leukaemia, spina bifida and limb and facial deformation. Doug, whose other daughter Sue is unable to have children, said: "I decided not to have any more children and that's an unnatural thing." However, the association is now welcoming a new report from New Zealand-based Professor Al Rowlands which found severe chromosome damage in Nuclear Test Veterans. And the New Zealand Government recently made an award to its men of $200,000 to help them in their research and possible legal action against the UK Government. Despite two previous cases, one of which was ruled against at the Court of Human Rights, and another which did not make it to court due to problems with securing legal aid, Doug is optimistic about the future. He said: "We have been a voice in the wilderness. We have been treated worse than the Vietnam veterans in America. "Now I would like to see the Government not sidestep the issue, but recognise we are the most vulnerable veterans in the country from the last 50 years. "And we want recognition for what has happened to our children. We need it to help them. "Young people are suffering things which should only happen to the elderly." Last Updated: 12 June 2007 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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