045 Maud Jacobs. 150r. 25 days. Well documented destruction of
bone marrow, full blood counts given in her Patient History,
squares exactly with what her family remembers. She was at
home caring on her own for three children when called in for
her "treatment," went back home the same day but the next day
was violently ill and taken back to hospital, where she died
25 days later extremely ill and mostly out of her mind.
Her daughter Lillian Pagano is an excellent witness to
Jacobs' last travail and death, was 32 when her mother died
and with her every day in hospital. A nice woman. She did
not even know her mother was getting TBR, was told nothing.
Jacobs had "a normal hemogram" before her radiation;
seven days later her counts began to fall; the day before her
death her WBC was 850 (down from 5100) and her platelets
38,000 (from 370,000).
It should be recalled that before Maud Jacobs was
irradiated, nine patients had already died within 54 days of
She was the 13th person to receive 150 or 2004 (and five
of this group had died within one or two months).
Regardless of what the doctors say they knew or did not
know before they started this project in 1960, they knew by
the time they selected this mother of young children for
radiation in 1964 that the chances of anyone surviving the
higher doses were not good, and that they could not even try
to protect her bone marrow.
Yet her family was told nothing about the risk entailed.
No consent form exists in her records, and certainly it is
clear that she never knew the risk she was taking (and that if
she had known, would not have taken it).
Her children all tell the same story as that recounted
above, and we have written testimony (submitted to the
Cincinnati hearing) from her son Bob Phillips.