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Family urge colleagues of mesothelioma victim to come forward

The family of a retired nurse who died of the asbestos disease mesothelioma are now searching for her hospital colleagues from over 40 years ago.

Betty Farow, who worked as an auxiliary nurse at St Michael’s Hospital in Aylsham between 1967 and 1970, died in 2008 aged 79.

Now, Mrs Farow’s family are trying to determine whether she was exposed to asbestos at her old place of work, or whether it came from elsewhere.

Mrs Farow’s late husband Joe worked as a boiler man and therefore could have been exposed to asbestos. It’s possible that particles may have remained on his clothes and this is where she breathed them in, only to make her ill 40 years later.

However, by getting in contact with old colleagues, the family would be able to determine whether anyone else from the hospital has been affected. If there is a link, a claim for compensation could then be made.

Mrs Farow was taken ill in December 2007 and was given three to six months to live in the New Year. Her lung cancer turned out to be the incurable disease mesothelioma, and an inquest found scarring of her lung lining which suggests asbestos exposure.

Mrs Farrow’s daughter, Sue Empson, said: “No amount of money can ever bring my mother back to us, but we want to get to the bottom of where she was exposed to asbestos. Without witnesses this will be almost impossible.”

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