'Those responsible for my son'sdeath will be held accountable'

Former offender turns champion

A MOTHER's quest for justice after her son died from the human strain of mad cow disease is set to hit the screens on the other side of the world.

Programme makers from TV network NBC filmed Christine Lord for a month after contacting her about son Andy Black's tragic death from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

Their documentary is now going to be shown in South Korea.

Andy could not feed himself or speak after developing the killer brain bug.

He died at home on December 16 last year following a five-month battle with the devastating illness.

Now the film on Ms Lord's fight for justice, called My Lost Boy, has been made, inspired by a poem she wrote in memory of the 24-year-old.

And Ms Lord, 51, from Wilton Terrace, Southsea, is set to fly to Seoul to watch the first of two hour-long episodes be broadcast by the NBC network on Friday.

She said: 'I'm so pleased that they believe the issue is important enough to feature.

'I don't want any mother to have to go through what I went through.

'I'm hoping this will help get more support for my campaign and my quest for justice for Andy.'

Christine has been overwhelmed by the support she has received since first telling her story in May.

The freelance journalist has been inundated by people from all over the world whose relatives died after being hit by the same devastating disease as Andy.

In September she even received a letter of support from Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

And her campaign website has received millions of hits.

It is not known how Andy contracted variant CJD but Christine stopped giving her children beef when they were about six due to growing concerns about links between the meat and the killer disease.

Andy started to show symptoms in 2006 but was not diagnosed until July last year – and by then it was too late.

Christine added: 'I cry for my son every day.

'His death was totally avoidable and that's what spurs me on.

'I won't stop until the people responsible for his death have been held accountable.'

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