19 November 2007
Woman who got cancer from hugging father gets payout
A woman who developed a terminal asbestos-related cancer from hugging her father when she was younger has won compensation, the BBC reports.
Debbie Brewer was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of mesothelial cells that can develop in the tissues covering the lungs and abdomen, a year ago. Doctors gave her between six and nine months to live.
Her father had worked as a lagger at Devonport Dockyard in the 1960s when it was owned by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The MoD, which has agreed to pay out a six-figure sum, has acknowledged that the only occasions on which Ms Brewer came into contact with asbestos was when she was a child and she hugged her father after he came in from work.
Ms Brewer, a mother of three, said the money has given her some piece of mind concerning the future of her family.