Cry Bloody Murder: A Tale of Tainted Blood

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Random House, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 210 pages
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The poignant and shocking story of a mother whose hemophiliac sons contracted AIDS through blood transfusions. A scathing indictment of the blood-products industry, which is now fighting multimillion dollar claims against it for supplying tainted blood.

Robert Massie, the author of Nicholas and Alexandra, calls Cry Bloody Murder "a j'accuse of historic proportions, one that could have an explosive and beneficial effect on American health care". It is the story of one of the greatest medical disasters of the twentieth century.

Elaine DePrince is a housewife and mother of five children, two of whom died of AIDS when they were young boys. They were hemophiliacs who became HIV-positive after using contaminated blood-clotting products. DePrince brings to her story the zeal of a superb investigative reporter and the rage of a grieving mother. Her expose of the blood-products industry is interwoven with a heartrending account of her children's illness and death. Cubby, who died when he was eleven, was a particularly gifted child -- intelligent, witty, and affectionate. Mike was a computer wiz. Their deaths were unnecessary, and DePrince points out that if we don't understand what happened and remedy it, we will be ripe for another medical calamity.

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Inspired by the AIDS deaths of two hemophiliac sons, DePrince provides a warm description of her family's experiences along with cold facts about the dangers of blood products used to treat hemophilia ... Read full review


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