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Mum who claims 'Wi-Fi allergy' killed her daughter fights for wireless to be removed from all schools and hospitals
United Kingdom Created: 17 Nov 2017
A mum who claims a Wi-Fi allergy drove her teenage daughter to suicide is fighting for wireless internet to be removed from every school and hospital in the UK.

Debbie Fry's daughter Jenny was found dead aged 15 in woodland near her home in the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, in 2015.

Mrs Fry claimed at her daughter's inquest that Jenny's life was made a misery as she had electro-hypersensitivity (EHS).

She believes the condition, which has not been medically proven to exist, allegedly caused Jenny to suffer from headaches, tiredness and bladder problems after she was exposed to wireless connections at her school, Gloucestershire Live reports.

The coroner recorded a narrative verdict on the cause of Jenny's death and did not include factors relating to EHS as there were no medical proof she suffered from it.

But Mrs Fry is now on a mission to remove Wi-Fi from all schools and will be among the speakers at a public health talk in Stroud, Gloucestershire, on Sunday.

In 2015, the heartbroken mum told Oxfordshire Coroners' Court Jenny had started showing signs of EHS in November 2012 and the closer she was to a wireless router, the worse she felt.

"Jenny was getting ill and so was I" she said. "I did some research and found how dangerous Wi-Fi could be so I had it taken out of the house.

"Both Jenny and I were fine at home but Jenny continued to be ill at school in certain areas."

The NHS says it is unlikely mobile phones or wireless devices increase the risks of health problems.

But Mrs Fry is fighting government plans to introduce Wi-Fi to the whole of the NHS.

She said: "They are planning to put in something that makes the sick, sicker.

"There's some urgency to which the whole of the UK's population needs to be told this technology is not as safe as we are led to believe."

Mrs Fry will be joined by campaigner Alan Cooke, who claims radiation emitted from devices damages cells within our body, potentially leading to diseases such as cancer and brain tumours.

Mr Cooke said: "Anything that is wireless will emit microwave radiation - that's a fact. If you are receiving that over a period of time your cells will not repair - they will cause diseases.

"It's not just me saying it - it's top independent scientists and doctors. It's not something the government wants to tell people about."

In May 2016 businessman Ian Phillips died after a tumour the size of a lemon was found in his brain.

Before he died he claimed his brain cancer began as he was using his mobile phone for six hours a day.

During her daughter's inquest, Mrs Fry said: "Jenny died after making a cry for help. She texted her friend saying she was intending to die but told her where she was.

"If she had intended to kill herself she wouldn't have said where she was. Unfortunately the friend did not have her phone with her so never saw the message in time.

"Jenny left letters for us where she said she couldn't cope with her allergies from Wi-Fi anymore.

"She left them for us in case things went too far but I don't believe she wanted to die.

"She wanted to do well at school and go to university but she knew Wi-Fi was having a bad effect on her studies."

The NHS says the only known effects of radio waves on the human body are very small rises in temperature - comparable to rises during exercise.

But Mr Cooke still has concerns and says many phone companies tell customers in small print to hold their devices away from their bodies.

"With smoking, the government denied it until they couldn't deny it any longer," he said. "It was the same thing with asbestos.

"This is bigger - this is the next weapon."

Mr Cooke says people should consider turning wireless devices off where possible and use speakers or airtube headsets while making mobile phone calls.

The event will be held at the Open House in Gloucester Street on Sunday October 8 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

Is there really a danger from phones and wi-fi?

The NHS Choices website says: "Research suggests it's unlikely that mobile phones or base stations increase the risk of health problems. There's still some uncertainty about the potential for risks from long-term use over decades, and research on this is ongoing.

"Radio waves produced by mobile phones transmit in all directions to find the nearest base station.

"This means that some of the radio waves are directed at your body when you use a mobile phone. Radio waves are absorbed into your body tissue as energy, which adds to the energy being produced by your body's metabolism.

"Concerns have been raised that exposure to radio wave radiation might cause various health problems, ranging from cancer and infertility to non-specific but unpleasant symptoms.

"However, the only known effect of radio waves on the human body is a very small rise in temperature of up to 0.2C. This is comparable to natural increases in temperature, such as during exercise, and does not pose a known risk to health."
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Source: Mirror, Matt Discombe Lucy Clarke-Billings, 16 Nov 2017

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