The Canadian tainted blood crisis of the 1980s, the inaction of those in control of the Canadian blood system despite the mounting evidence of possible transmission of HIV and hepatitis via blood and blood products, and the effect on the hemophiliac community who relied on such products to survive is presented. The crisis is largely presented through the eyes of two families. In Toronto, Will and Margaret Sanders, a public health official and teacher respectively, are the parents to hemophiliac Ryan Sanders, the parents who do whatever they can to keep Ryan safe both in his everyday activities and through the blood products he is required to take. And in Vancouver, Ben and Alice Landry are the parents to hemophiliac Peter Landry. While they too try to protect Peter in any way they can, Peter becomes infected with the AIDS virus by tainted blood at age fifteen, he having watched his same age best friend and fellow hemophiliac die from AIDS from tainted blood. As such, Peter begins to ...Written by
There is a famous saying "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it." For those who don't know or don't remember where the most damaging health crisis in the history of Canada comes from, this is a must see series. How many mistakes were made and how many people could have done something but did not. Worst thing? Reality was far more disturbing. A family member was part of a team dealing with people infected by blood products and transfusions and has told me the series just glances over some of the most egregious aspects of this crisis. Watch it and wonder... why?
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