Battle for A-bomb compensatioin

DISABLED Amanda Coates faces life every day with part of her fingers and a leg missing - and believes Britain's nuclear bomb tests could have caused her deformities.

DISABLED Amanda Coates faces life every day with part of her fingers and a leg missing - and believes Britain's nuclear bomb tests could have caused her deformities.

Today Miss Coates is part of a 1,000-strong campaign which is taking the Ministry of Defence to court, seeking compensation for illnesses and disabilities they claim were caused by radiation poisoning.

She was born with her disabilities - just a couple of years after her father returned from serving on Christmas Island, cleaning the engines of aircraft which flew through the mushroom clouds.

Miss Coates is hoping compensation will allow her to come off benefits and adapt her home and not be a burden to society.


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