Over the coming months, in remembering this epic and historic case in the London High Court when West Cumbrian families sued Sellafield over cancers in children of radiation workers, CORE will be publishing the 1992/93 daily court transcripts. The initial two test cases were brought by Leigh Day & Co. The first by Elizabeth Reay whose 10-month-old baby, Dorothy, died of leukaemia in 1962. George Reay, the baby’s father, died of cancer in the mid- 1980s and had received one of the highest radiation doses of any of the Sellafield workers. The second by Vivien Hope, 28, who had been diagnosed in 1988 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, another blood cancer. Her father, David, was a fitter at the plant for more than 20 years. Up to 40 further cases were depending on the outcome. Legally, the case would test for the first time the concept of genetic damage: whether radiation from Sellafield damaged the sperm of workers, resulting in leukaemia and related illnesses in their children (Gardner theory).
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