Self-tattooing likely caused dad’s death


A WIGAN dad died as a tragic consequence of his teenage lifestyle 30 years earlier.

An inquest heard that former soldier Christopher Goodison’s death was caused by hepatitis C, arising from the use of needles as a youngster. This included self-tattooing.

The Bolton hearing was told how the 49-year-old took ill and died at his home in Blenheim Road, Ashton, last September 17.

He was diagnosed with hepatitis in 1996 and as a result also suffered from cirrhosis. He needed a liver transplant but refused, as he didn’t want to take the organ from someone else who needed it. This was despite knowing the decision would shorten his life. Wife Amanda said Christopher had joined the Territorial Army as a royal engineer and saw service in Iraq. He was also a security guard at Rainhill Hospital.

She added that when they met in 2002, he told her he had hepatitis C, believing it was as a result of him tattooing himself when he was younger. After a family holiday and a spell at the hospice, he died at home.

Dr Julie Dobson, consultant physician in gastroenterology at Whiston Hospital, said: “The progression of the hepatitis C had caused irreparable damage to his liver.

“It is impossible to say where the source was, whether it was infection from the tattoo needles, or something else. Unless needles are sterilised, they can cause great risk. Quite often, a person who is infected will have no idea they have it until 20 or 30 years later. The damage was apparent by scarring of the liver and that developed into cirrhosis.”

A post-mortem examination revealed that Christopher, who leaves a son and a step-son, died of cirrhosis of the liver and hepatitis C infection.

Deputy coroner Alan Walsh said: “It is impossible to establish the underlying reason for the use of needles. But he believed it was from his tattoos. The cause of hepatitis C goes back probably 30 years and sadly it had catastrophic effect later.

“He was hard-working and joined the TA and served his country with great courage and bravery. He took a very selfless outlook not to have a liver transplant as he felt it would be better use for someone else. He knew he was going to die and faced that with great dignity and strength.”