A woman from the UK has talked about secondary exposure to deadly asbestos after finding out that she has only weeks to live following exposure to asbestos from her father’s clothing when she was a child. The woman, Mandy Kaminskas, aged forty seven, was exposed to asbestos through contact with her construction worker father as a child.
She stated: “My dad worked with asbestos and I’ve got this illness because of the close contact I had with him when I was young. People are surprised when they hear how I contracted this disease.” She is now campaigning for other victims of the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma.
“I want people to know what having this cancer really means and how dangerous secondary exposure is. Telling my two daughters I am dying was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do.” She added: “I wouldn’t wish that experience on my worst enemy. Looking into your child’s eyes, and telling them you won’t be around, is unbelievably hard.”
Her solicitor also commented, stating: “Mandy’s case shows that not only are former asbestos workers are at risk. Their families and loved ones are also unwittingly snared by asbestos-related disease – often decades after the original exposure took place. Despite Mandy’s undoubted strength and bravery, her plight shows the devastation that the asbestos ticking time-bomb can still bring.”