UNSPEAKABLE : THE CANADIAN TAINTED BLOOD SCANDAL - OFFICIAL TRAILER
UNSPEAKABLE is told from the perspective of two families caught in a tragedy that gripped a nation, as well as the doctors, nurses, corporations and bureaucracy responsible. The series follows the decades long saga as people struggled to survive, change the system and battle for compensation for those who desperately needed it. It began as a disease that was nobody’s fault and became a catastrophe. A federal inquiry led to finger pointing and sweeping changes to the blood system. Billions of dollars in reparations were paid. Criminal charges were laid. The repercussions are still being felt today. The worst part is that it was preventable. We cannot forget. Based on the books Bad Blood by Vic Parsons and The Gift of Death by Andre Picard, together with The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Canadian Blood Tragedy, led by Justice Horace Krever, it chronicles the emergence of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in the Canadian Red Cross's blood banks in the early 1980s and the impact on the hemophilia community.
BAD BLOOD: THE TRAGEDY OF THE CANADIAN TAINTED BLOOD SCANDAL BY VIC PARSONS
This is a story of devastating impact. For one thing, the trail of innocent victims does not end with haemophiliacs - almost all men because the condition is rarely passed to daughters. Unaware of their own contamination, many of those men passed on HIV as well as infectious hepatitis C, to their sexual partners. During operations between 1978 and 1985, hundreds of other Canadians - many of them impossible to track down - were given transfusions from blood lots carrying the same impurities.
THE GIFT OF DEATH BY ANDRÉ PICARD
This tragic story is a microcosm of Canada's blood scandal. For over a decade, bureaucratic dithering, profits-over-protection responses, a paternalistic medical establishment and uninformed victims combined to create the worst health-care disaster in Canadian history.
CRY BLOODY MURDER: A TALE OF TAINTED BLOOD BY ELAINE DEPRINCE
The poignant and shocking story of a mother whose haemophiliac sons contracted AIDS through blood transfusions, this work presents a scathing indictment of the blood-products industry. DePrince brings to her story the zeal of a superb investigative reporter and the rage of a grieving mother.
BAD BLOOD: THE UNSPEAKABLE TRUTH BY VIC PARSONS
In the 1980's, Canada's blood collection and distribution system, once considered a model around the world, went off the rails. What occurred was a disastrous chain of events that still reverberates to this day for the thousands whose lives were changed forever by the system's failure.