Sunday, April 26, 2009

Nuclear bomb tester relatives to get medical help

Nuclear bomb tester relatives to get medical help

By Susie Boniface 26/04/2009

Children and grandchildren of servicemen involved in Britain's nuclear bomb tests are to get medical help for the first time.

The families - who have 10 times the normal rate of birth defects - are to take part in a landmark £500,000 study, it was announced last week.

It follows a Sunday Mirror campaign demanding help after we reported they have been left with a 500-year legacy of genetic damage.

Veterans Minister Kevan Jones last week said there will be a wide-ranging medical assessment of the families - which is expected to lead to new research and therapies to help them.

He told Parliament money had already been put aside and that the work would begin within weeks.

More than 20,000 servicemen were ordered to stand and watch as Britain exploded hundreds of nuclear devices in Australia and the South Pacific between 1952 and 1967.

Many of their children were born with twisted limbs, deformed bones, eye, heart and teeth defects or blood and brain disorders.

Work has already begun to contact the families. The results of the study are expected to be announced next year..

Maybe these tests and studies will help American families of America;s Nuclear experiments and exposures in the 50s and 60s.

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