Workers Tell How
October 16, 1999
An engineer launched a lawsuit against his former bosses at British telecom
earlier this year, claiming the mobile phone they gave him caused him brain
Stever Corney, a father of three, worked for BT from 1986 until 1996, then
went sick until leaving the firm on health grounds last year.
Mr. Corney, 40, of Kempston, Beds,
spent several hours a day on his BT mobile before falling ill. He claims
radiation from it caused him short term memory loss that eventually made
even the simplest tasks a nightmare. "I would do the shopping, pay with cash
and then forget that I had done it, so I would do it all again and pay with
a credit card", he said.
Yesterday he welcomed the stand taken by Dr.Carlo. Mr.Corney said: "Mobile
phones aren't safe and it's time the companies admitted they do cause harm.
Anything which can get this message across is important."
Market trader Giovannia de Dominicis was struck down with Hodgkin's Disease,
a rare form of cancer, at the same time as his friend and next door
neighbour Terry Clark. The pair, from Hackney, East London, blamed their
cancer on the use of Mercury OnetoOne mobiles which they both used for hours
at a time. Mr.de Dominicis, 27, who has been in remission for the past two
years, said: "The mobile phone industry will be caught up just the same way
the tobacco people were. I believe they will end up paying out millions, and
having to admit that mobile phones do carry risks".
Dr.Gerald Hyland, a physicist at Warwickshire University, said "I know from
my own area that epileptic seizures have gone up in schools as a result of
youngsters using mobiles."
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