Happy Christmas to Joyce Ann Hafford, From All of Us

Celia Farber has done something wonderful in posting this page:


Joyce Ann Hafford

Joyce Ann Hafford died about five weeks into a government drug trial, with the drug Nevirapine. She was put on the drug because she is a black woman living in the South, and is thus, considered to be in the “high risk” category for the blanket-diagnosis we call “AIDS.”

While pregnant, she was given a quick, nonspecific antibody test (called an HIV test), and given her color and location, it was decided that the test meant something specific: namely that she was fair game to re-market a drug called Nevirapine, which had already made a mark on those who’d taken it. Namely liver failure and fatal skin loss.

Unaware of this, and uninformed by her doctors, Joyce Ann went on the ‘experimental treatment’. She became ill, with a rash and liver malfunction, and died of liver failure moments after the caesarian section that was needed to pull her child from her failing body.

The docs would’ve liked to blame that useful devil, AIDS, but they made the mistake of admitting that it was the drug.

Joyce's Sons - Jermal, 14, Sterling, 1
Joyce’s Sons – Jermal and Sterling

The horrible story was broken by John Solomon in the Associated Press, and also reported by Celia Farber in Harper’s, and by myself, here at GNN.

Three years later, the family is without recourse. There can be no lawsuit against the number of lawyers that an AIDS drug company must employ, and more importantly, there is no return for the woman who died in the course of trusting that the medical establishment tells the truth about AIDS and AIDS drugs.

Celia Farber, who has spent much of the last two years in contact with the family, had a singularly inspired and focused idea: let’s help them, because we can, because we’re not the drug companies, because we don’t have to wait to be told what’s correct and what’s incorrect by pharmaceutical companies and the governments they own.

And so, it is my pleasure to inform you that I will be donating a little of my money to the Hafford family through this Christmas and New Years, to help them see their way through. If it helps them take a bite out of big pharma, so be it; if it helps them have a better new year, all the better.

In any case, it is my pleasure, and I hope, after reading their story, it can be yours, too.

No donation is too small. Celia described this to me as a micro-charity: $10 dollars is enough per person, or whatever you are comfortably able to give. I’m giving $100, because it’s within my budget. Don’t let that stop you, if you’re budget is deeper than mine.

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