Andy’s story

She helped me and so many others through her ongoing care. Ann represents the best you can get in a hemophilia nurse.
– Andy

Despite contracting hepatitis C because of tainted blood products, a liver transplant in 2005, and bout with cancer, Andy got a Ph.D. in physics from M.I.T., became a physics professor, and later went on to a successful career in derivatives trading.

He says he is one of the lucky ones. “I cleared the virus and my new liver cured my hemophilia. But I know others who weren’t so fortunate.”

“She helped me and so many others through her ongoing care. Ann represents the best you can get in a hemophilia nurse.”

Like Frank Bott and Denise Orieux who lost two of their three sons because of contaminated blood. Their sons – Gregory and Martin – are just two of the 90% of people with hemophilia who died because of contaminated blood.

But what made the suffering easier for Andy and others like the Bott family was registered nurse Ann Harrington.

For a long time, Andy has wanted to honour those who suffered and those who cared for them. Now he’s creating the Bott-Harrington Nursing Fellowship in Hemophilia and Blood Disorders. It invokes the Bott family name to remember the families who lost fathers, husbands and sons. It also recognizes Ann’s contribution, again as a symbol of the fine nurses who cared for so many suffering from hemophilia and its complications.


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