Former soldier Wayne Bass, who lost his legal claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after contracting Q fever in Afghanistan, has confirmed he is seeking permission to Appeal and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover his legal fees.
Mr Bass believes the MoD breached its duty of care by failing him to provide him with antibiotics which would have protected him from contracting Q Fever. To fund his Appeal, he is crowdfunding at:
In 2011, Mr Bass, a private serving with 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, was deployed to Helmand Province, to an area known for its heavy Taliban presence and fire. His platoon was responsible for reconnaissance and protecting other forces. It is there that he believes he contracted Q fever, an infection caused by bacteria most commonly found in cattle, sheep, and goats.
Initially, as is typical with the disease, he experienced flu-like symptoms and an army doctor diagnosed Q Fever.
Intravenous antibiotics failed to cure him and following periods in hospital and at the MoD’s Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey, he was diagnosed with Q Fever chronic fatigue syndrome and discharged from the Army in 2014.
Mr Bass’ solicitor, Dianne Yates, Director at Hilary Meredith Solicitors said:
“Wayne remains in poor health as a result of the Q fever he contracted in Afghanistan. While he is exhausted by the whole process he is determined to fight on.
“The Army knew Q Fever was rife in Helmand. It was a preventable risk. The MoD’s failure to provide Wayne with antibiotics was a breach of their duty of care.”
Commenting on the case, Wayne Bass said:
“I was devastated when the Judge ruled against me, but I am not going to give up.
“I don’t want what has happened to me to happen to others.
“Soldiers accept there are risks and do their best, but to be made seriously ill because the MoD didn’t take the simple step of providing antibiotics is wrong. I want Soldiers and officers to be made aware of the risks of Q fever and the devastating consequences it can have.”
“I am desperate to appeal the Court’s decision and am asking for help to fund the costs of the appeal.”