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Vegetarian dies from vCJD

The family of a young vegetarian who died from the human form of 'mad cow disease' are demanding to know why his condition went undiagnosed for nearly 12 months.

Jorawar Gill, 20, from Warwickshire, passed away earlier this month after battling variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) for two-and-a-half years.

It is thought he may have contracted the disease from gelatine.

Jorawar's family say doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham failed to diagnose the condition for a year before specialists in London confirmed it was vCJD.

Speaking at the family home, Jorawar's brother Jodhbir, 23, said the family wanted to know why the disease went undetected for a year, while specialists at St Mary's Hospital in London confirmed it within a month of carrying out tests.

"We, as a family, feel as though he has been killed," Jodhbir, a tax consultant, said.

"We feel we should never have lost him. We will be pursuing this issue with the hospital.

"Right up until he died we honestly believed he would get better. We are a family of Sikhs and have a strong faith so we prayed for him constantly.

Jorawar had attended school in nearby Coleshill and achieved 10 grade A GCSEs.

Shortly after his 18th birthday in October 2000, his health rapidly deteriorated and he was forced to give up his A-level studies in economics, maths and history.

Jodhbir said his brother had wanted to study history at Leeds University and eventually become a professor of the subject.

"He was very strong. The doctors and nurses did not think he would survive as long as he did. They all thought he would last until August last year, but he was still here in April.

Jorawar's sister Gurpreet, 18, added: "He was very brave, always very cheerful throughout. He never complained or gave up. My mum and dad deserve so much praise for caring for him."

A spokesman for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital said: "We wish to express our condolences to the family.

"It is very sad when someone so young dies like this.

"The consultant who dealt with the case has written to the family to express his personal sadness and he is happy to meet with them to discuss any concerns they may have about Jorawar's treatment.

"When he first came to the hospital, his symptoms were not typical of those associated with vCJD and we wished to explore every possibility of what his illness was.

"We referred him to London because they have more expertise at identifying the disease."
 

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I have a suspicion, [totally unscientific etc etc,] that the prions are carried in milk. There is great fear in this part of the UK that they get into the water table via the local rendering plant tipping factory waste liquid onto surrounding fields, woods and previously down a disused well.

Sometimes I have medicine with traces of gelatine in it, also sometimes traces of lactose. This is something I would prefer not to have but not enough so as to make a huge fuss and or expense over.
 
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