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Compensation for cancer hug woman
Debbie Brewer and her son
Debbie Brewer caught cancer from hugging her father
A Devon woman who developed an incurable asbestos-related cancer from hugging her father as a child has won her claim for damages.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD), which owned Devonport Dockyard when Debbie Brewer's father worked there in the 1960s, settled with a six-figure sum.

A year ago Ms Brewer was diagnosed with mesothelioma and doctors gave her between six and nine months to live.

She said the money has given her some peace of mind for her family's future.

The MoD has acknowledged her only contact with the lethal substance was as a child, hugging her father when he came home from work as a lagger at Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth.

Ms Brewer has three children, including a 10-year-old son, Kieran, who has learning difficulties.

She said thoughts about his future are painful.

"I want to be here for him and I don't know if I will be, but I intend to be here and fight this cancer," she said.



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