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Fears of a New Generation of Camelford Victims
12:16pm 11th June 2014
A Bodmin dad tells Pirate FM he fears the Camelford water poisoning could be to blame for his children's disabilities.
Six of Paul Matta's seven children are affected after their mum drank the contaminated supply back in the eighties.
Tests show she has got twenty times the usual level of aluminium in her body.
Now Paul wants tests at Great Ormond Street to find out once and for all: "Six have been officially diagnosed with a rare combination of medical symptoms and conditions which they fear could well be linked to the Camelford water poisoning incident back in 1988 and they've got Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. The children have all been affected. Some are very moderate - some are quite severe.
"It causes a wide range of symptoms. Mobility, pain, fatigue in joints and limbs, urinary and gastro-intestinal problems. Two of our children are wheelchair users. But they also have medical complaints such as speech and developmental delay and autism which aren't anything to do with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. All of them can be linked to aluminium toxic poisoning."
Peter Smith from the Lowermoor Support Group wants officials to carry out wider screening: "They have never properly examined people. They've never done the proper job and they've never gathered data. They've dismissed us. They've called us hysterical and all sorts of things. There are very simple tests which could lay of lot of people's minds at rest to see whether they are carrying a large aluminium load.
"How many others are out there? How many other people are going through things that they don't know what's going on. Some people don't even realise they were living in the area which was all the way from Crackington Haven pretty well right down to Rock and seven miles inland. That was the Lowermoor distribution area."
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