of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
The results of the tests will be used to lay the foundations of a research study commissioned by CO-Awareness, a charitable organisation that seeks to examine which other products of combustion are absorbed by the bloodstream.
“We are deeply concerned that victims have been exposed to more than just CO during the leakage of combustion products,” said CO-Awareness president and founder Lynn Griffiths. “We believe that it is these toxins that are responsible for the long-term health issues that so many CO victims suffer from.
“At the moment, no one really understands just what toxins are absorbed into the body, but we believe this study will answer some of those questions. We’re hoping the medical profession will use the results to develop better ongoing medical care and support for survivors of CO incidences.”
Ms Griffiths added: “We would like to raise enough money to fund as many as 25 blood tests – that would provide us with a bigger sample [from which to draw conclusions].”
John Andrews, NAPIT chief executive, said: “CO-Awareness is fighting hard against bureaucracy and business interests in its campaign to get justice for the victims of what is CO poisoning, yet their conditions may in fact be due to other toxins in the fume inhalation they have been
“We are more than happy to help this organisation get justice for people who suffer truly appalling damage to their faculties because of their exposure, usually through no fault of their own.”