Terminally-ill ex-nurse’s plea to former colleagues

APPEAL ... Letitia Williams as a younger woman.
APPEAL ... Letitia Williams as a younger woman.
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A TERMINALLY ill woman is appealing to former colleagues to help her in a battle for compensation.

Letitia Williams, 70, from Rickleton, Washington, was diagnosed last year with abdominal mesothelioma, a cancer related to asbestos.

Mrs Williams, a retired nurse, is worried about the costs of her care, and the care of her 83-year-old husband, John, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

“I was totally shocked when I was diagnosed with abdominal mesothelioma,” said Letitia. “I’m sure it was caused by my exposure to asbestos dust and fibres during my working life.

“There is severe pain in my stomach and midriff, and the operation I had to have has had a huge effect on my daily life.

“I am extremely concerned about what the future holds for me and my husband John, as I have been his primary carer since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease over 20 years ago.

“My two children both live in London, so I do not know how we will manage if my condition worsens and I can’t care for myself and John.”

Letitia’s case is being handled by solicitors Irwin Mitchell.

Roger Maddocks, a partner at the firm specialising in industrial disease, said: “Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable cancer that causes a significant amount of pain for victims like Letitia who was exposed to asbestos simply by going to work.

“Understandably, she is extremely upset and angry that she has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and is worried about her future and that of her husband, John, who has Parkinson’s disease and is cared for by Letitia.

“Her employers at the time should have been aware of the dangers of asbestos.

“Measures should have put in place to protect members of staff from the deadly substance.

“We are hoping former colleagues will come forward to help her.”

Mr Maddocks would like to hear from anyone who worked with Letitia, who would have been Letitia Whitham at the time when she was working in Merseyside, in the 1960s and 70s.

Contact Kirstie Wilson at Irwin Mitchell in Newcastle, tel: 279 0136, or email kirstie.wilson@irwinmitchell.com.