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The cruelest of cuts

Aged just seven, haemophiliac Mark Ward contracted HIV from infected blood

I was diagnosed with severe haemophilia, a rare bleeding disorder, in 1972, aged just three years old. The lifespan of a haemophiliac in those days was not great; living to the age of 21 was considered lucky.

My days were taken up with long journeys to the hospital by ambulance to London. In addition to the internal bleeding, I also suffered from nosebleeds, which added another level of danger to my condition because when they started sometimes they didn’t stop. As I’d lie in the ambulance, my blood running everywhere, hovering in and out of consciousness, literally bleeding to death, I’d look up into my mother’s eyes, seeing her fear as she tried to keep me calm.

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