Let me introduce myself. My name is Deborah Wilson and
I'm the single
mother of a 21 year old daughter, named Krystle. Our life was fairly
prior to Sept. 1st. After working 23 years at Bell, I found myself
when they downsized and I was in the process of looking for another
Then overnight our lives turned upside down. Money is tight, but my job
hunting has come to a halt. I'm taking care of my daughter who has been
sick since Sept. 9, 2002.
Everything started happening to her 9 days after she had
a "Black Henna"
Temporary Tattoo put on her arm, at the Exhibition Sept. 1st. First she
developed "contact dermatitis" on the site of the tattoo and 5 days
her whole body broke out in hives, which till now she still gets almost
every day. She must take Reactine and Allegra daily to help relieve the
itch. We discovered some very frightening information on various
about the dangers of "Black Henna". Unfortunately all our doctors here,
are not aware of these dangers or of the possible long term side
and medically they don't know how to prove it.
We have seen a total of 16 doctors. Krystle has had
blood work after
blood work. Cat-scans, ultrasounds, and x-rays. You name it, she's had
it. We've seen almost every specialist you can think of. The doctors
baffled by all her symptoms and have yet to find out what's causing
We still believe they are linked to the tattoo she got and some
or toxins especially PPD that are commonly used in the tattoo pastes.
doctors are suspicious as well, but there has never been any studies
in this area, in Canada.
On Sept. 20 Crystal's face, hands, and feet became
swollen, tight and
sore. On Sept. 27 the doctor noticed her blood pressure was low and it
still is today. She rapidly started gaining weight around this time
though her eating habits hadn't changed. She went from 117 lbs (on
14) to 145lbs (on Nov. 20). She also experienced pain which felt like
bad bruising on her thighs, ribcage, ankles and feet. That has since
Then she started to get chest pains and heart palpitations on Oct. 17.
Shortly thereafter she was diagnosed with Hyperthyroid. They started
on Levothyroxine pills Oct. 31.
Oh and her bra size has gone from 36C to 38D. She had to
buy new clothes
and winter boots because all her small sizes no longer fit her. She has
always worn size 6 1/2 in her shoes and she is now wearing 7 1/2
of her swelling. Its hard finding shoes that are comfortable.
Krystle developed very bad heartburn in November and
with it daily, the doctor prescribed a medication Dec. 30. She is still
on this medication today. Oh and in between all this Krystle came down
with the Norwalk Virus on her birthday (Dec. 10). Luckily I did not get
it. On Jan. 8 they discovered fluid around her heart and lungs so they
decided to hook her up with a Holter which monitors the actions of your
heart over a 24 hour period. At the same time they sent her for a
Function Test to see how her lungs were doing. The results were
Her heart was at such a state that if it had not been detected, she
have went into cardiac arrest. So now she is on heart pills (twice
Her lungs are less than normal for a girl her age, who also doesn't
She will have to see a Respiratory Specialist next. In the mean time
are running various blood tests to look into "auto immune diseases"
We are both at our wits end over all of this. Its like a
very bad nightmare.
Last week Krystle had to finally drop her second semester. She was
to complete the final year of her Early Childhood Education Program,
everything got to be too much for her. She was missing too much school
and it was becoming very difficult to keep up with all her assignments.
Hopefully she can return again in September if her health improves. On
Feb. 18th we are seeing a Rheumatologist. Hopefully he will put all the
pieces together. He deals with auto immune diseases.
I have spoken with Health Canada about "Black Henna"
Tattoos and they
are not aware of any problems that may exist. I even spoke to two
at CTV News about interviewing my daughter for a special segment on
Henna". They said it would help if I could find other people like
my daughter, who have suffered with scarring, contact dermatitis, or
other unexplained illnesses, after getting one of these "Black
Tattoos. With other victims coming forward, we may very well have
for a "Civil Class Action Suit". Someone should pay for all my
stress, pain, and suffering. I have called the Tattoo Parlor 4 times
they've never called back. That should speak for itself. All I want to
know is what's in the paste they use.
So now that you know our situation, I'm asking you to
this email on to anyone you know who lives in Canada, Ontario or better
still Toronto. We desperately need to get in touch with others who may
have or still may be suffering in silence because of a what they
was just an innocent "Black Henna" Temporary Tattoo. I'm sure that if
work together we can make a difference. We can make others aware of the
dangers facing them and their children and hopefully close down these
I'm looking into speaking with a lawyer in the near
future. Maybe we
could all benefit from this misfortune. I'm also including photos of my
daughter before and now. She awakes every day with her eyes, lips, and
face swollen. She turned 21 in December. Life is too precious to sit
and do nothing. I hope you can all do your best to help us find answers
and possible solutions. God bless you all.
Please forward any information you may have or share
and photos with Deborah Wilson in Toronto, Ontario. Maybe we could
phone #'s too!
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