14 February 2007
Asbestos pay out for daughter
A landmark compensation payment looks set to be paid to a woman who developed cancer as a result of hugging her father as a young girl.
Debbie Brewer claims that she developed terminal asbestos-related cancer as a result of particles that entered her lungs when she hugged her father, an asbestos lagger in Plymouth, as a six-year-old child.
Diagnosed with mesolthelioma, Ms Brewer believes that it was a direct result of contact with her father after he returned home from work at the Royal Navy's Devonport dockyard in Plymouth
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has stated that it is prepared to settle Ms Brewer's claim for £75,000 in compensation if it is proved that they were liable, without taking the case to court.
Ms Brewer's father, Phillip Northmore, died from lung cancer last year and an inquest ruled that he died from asbestos-related small cell lung cancer. The 47-year-old mother of three started to suffer breathing difficulties in 1994, but was not diagnosed with terminal mesolthelioma, cancer of the lining of the lung, until November 2006.
The case against the MoD has been brought by Ms Brewer through her lawyer. She is understood to have between six and nine months to live and has stated that she feels "a lot of anger" since developing the disease.