Funeral to be held for drug battle man

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THE funeral Colin Ross, who won a High Court battle for a life-prolonging drug in 2008, will be held on Monday.

Mr Ross, of Park Side, Horsham was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the blood cells, in May 2004.

A judge allowed a legal challenge by Mr Ross against West Sussex Primary Care Trust’s refusal to fund treatment. The trust’s decision that the new drug Revlimid would not be cost-effective and the case should not be treated as ‘exceptional’ was overturned in September 2008.

His long-term companion and carer Wendy Forbes-Newbegin paid tribute to her ‘first love’ earlier this month, who died on January 2 at East Surrey Hospital aged 57.