This testimony is from an email sent to the Aerotoxic Association by Mavis Haycock, worried about her husband's health. It is reproduced here with their permission.
My husband and I flew from Vancouver Canada, to Manchester England, Via Dublin, with ‘FlyGlobespan' Airlines on September 14th 2008. When we departed from Vancouver we detected engine fumes in the cabin on take off, and when we landed in Dublin three-quarters of the passengers disembarked, while the rest of us had to wait over 3 hours, on the plane, while a maintenance crew repaired the right engine. Every time the maintenance crew tried to 'start' the engine, the cabin smelled of engine oil fumes. This happened quite a few times, before we finally departed, again with a fume smell on take off.
During our 12 day vacation in England and Wales, my husband developed a sore throat and occasional headaches - he has NEVER suffered with headaches in all the 46 years I have known him! When we returned home on September 24 2008, we had another difficult flight due to major delays in Manchester, Glasgow and Calgary - it took us over 20 hours to arrive back at Vancouver Airport. That is when my husband's illness ‘erupted' as follows: He began to have major headaches, that consisted of pain all over his head, from his neck to the top of his head - he also had a tightness across his chest. Then he also experienced severe stabbing pains in his left temple - the vein there became inflamed and painful to touch. He visited our doctor who checked his eyes & vital signs, which were fine - but sent him for a CT scan. The CT scan was normal, but the headaches got worse, as the severe stabbing pains happened all over his head - in different areas, at different times - plus he still had the constant headache. My husband also developed short-tem memory loss, difficulty with speech ( he could not say the words - even though he knew what they were), he suffered with dizziness, nausea, insomnia, major fatigue, light-headedness and his face had a grey, pale, & sometimes yellow tone.
We returned to the doctor with all these new symptoms and an appointment with a neurologist was arranged. The neurologist diagnosed stress and put my husband on an anti-depression drug (Apo-Nortriptyline) that at low doses decreases chronic pain. We mentioned the 'toxic flight' on Sept 14/08 to the Neurologist, but he was not interested in hearing about it. My husband has NEVER suffered from stress of any kind - he told the Neurologist this fact, but the Neurologist would not listen.
Anyway, more than 2 months later, my husband is still struggling with symptoms that still include headaches (stabbing & constant), insomnia, fatigue, pale complexion, painful scalp (when touched and also if cold rain lands on his head - heat eases the pain). If my husband stands up straight, closes his eyes, and relaxes - he falls over backwards too.
We do not know what to do next - the pills seem to be easing the head pain somewhat - but he is still struggling with slurred speech, major insomnia, difficulty with saying the words he wants to say, dizziness and major fatigue.
We live in Canada (emigrated from Birmingham England in 1968) and this ‘40 year in Canada celebration trip back to the UK' has caused my husband major health problems - that Sept 14/08 flight is when all his strange symptoms began.
We are very pleased to have located your 'Aerotoxic Association' website - we feel that you may be able to help us???
Mavis & Tony Haycock
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