Tell it to Your Doctor: HIV
Thursday 26 April 2012, 19.00-20.00
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Leigh Neal grew up in an affluent family. Her
mother died when she was 15 and her father died soon afterward, and
the family then lost its home. From the age of 16 onward, she lived
on her own.
In the six decades of her extraordinary London
life, Leigh went from a young hippy in the 1960s – immersed in sex,
drugs and rock and roll – to an inmate at Holloway Prison, where
she was diagnosed with the HIV she has miraculously managed for a
quarter of a century. Since then, she has been instrumental in
setting up several charities for women with HIV, including
She has also mustered the energy to cope with
a series of medical afflictions, from two rounds of breast cancer
and nephrectomy for chronic pyelonephritis (kidney failure) to
femur and hip fractures caused by osteoporosis. She attributes her
success to meeting Chelsea and Westminster Hospital HIV Consultant
Dr David Hawkins. According to Leigh, Dr Hawkins has ‘continued to
save her life for 25 years’. Hawkins remains her primary caregiver,
within a truly unique patient–doctor relation. The forms of
sympathetic communication this patient and doctor practice –
serious, humorous, ironic, playful and sentimental – are noteworthy
on many levels.
George Rousseau, Professor of History, University of
Leigh Neal, Patient
David Hawkins, Consultant Physician, Chelsea &
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This event is part of the series Tell it to Your Doctor.
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