Observing the 1980s
Lewis, Haydn (Part 1 of 11)
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Interviewee's home, Cardiff
Lewis, Haydn, (speaker, male)
Edwards, Sian, (speaker, female)
Part 1: Introduction. Feelings of life history interview. Relief to talk. Family background and inheritance of Haemophilia. Grandmother carrier of Haemophilia gene, four children, two daughters carriers of Haemophilia. Eldest daughter Haydn's mother. Feelings about mother having five children after first two boys having Haemophilia. Personal feelings of daughters who would be carriers of Haemophilia. Haydn's sister carrier with son who has Haemophilia. Others members of family affected, Great Uncle Mickey, Uncle George, nephew Joseph. Early life living at docks, with grandparents in Cardiff. Diagnosed with haemophilia after biting tongue at one year old. Born 1956 December 27th. Treatment with plasma at Landough Hospital. Hospital notes state fifty two admissions to Landough hospital. Mother dominant parent bringing up family. Brother Gareth born also has Haemophilia. Example of injury, hand caught in electric clothes dryer. Living at the docks, playing on the mudflats as children, example of potential dangers with Haemophilia. Ten years old 1962 moved to Llanrumney with mother, brothers Gareth, Neil, and Mark. Environment very different from docks. Happy memories of childhood at docks. Junior school at Llanrumney.
Interviewed for the Haemophilia and HIV Life History Project