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Drug trials fund woman's wedding

Wayne Weldon and Ramona Hodge
Ramona Hodge has said her fiancee Wayne is "100% worth it"

A bride-to-be has undergone clinical drug trials in order to raise 6,000 for her wedding.

Ramona Hodge, from Birmingham, decided to test medicines after she lost her job in January.

Miss Hodge, who is due to wed in July, has already tested drugs for back pain, asthma and motor neurone disease and is due to undergo her fourth trial.

Despite suffering side effects during her last trial she says her fiancee Wayne Weldon is "100% worth it".

In March 2006, six people who took part in a drugs trial at a site at Northwick Park Hospital in London suffered multiple organ failure.

You never know what longterm damage it's doing to her
Wayne Weldon, fiancee

But despite this Ms Hodge is one of hundreds of people who continue to sign up for drug trials.

She said she suffered rashes after taking the motor neurone disease treatment.

"They had to prescribe anti-hysthamines to calm down the rash which didn't work at first. They just kept on getting bigger," she said.

Her future huband admits he is worried about his fiancee's health and her mother has also urged her to stop.

Mr Weldon said: "You never know what longterm damage it's doing to her.

"Nothing's happening at the moment but something still could crop up."

But despite the risks Ms Hodge said she was willing to continue with the trials, as they could help her get a desposit for a house.

She said: "I do quite a bit of research... and I do give quite a few questions to the doctors to make sure that it's actually safe for me to do."

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