Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Woman who claims she is allergic to Wi-Fi is awarded £650 a month in disability grants by French court
A woman has been awarded a £650-a-month disability grant by a French court after claiming she is allergic to Wi-Fi.
Judges in Toulouse heard that claimant Marine Richard suffers from the condition EHS, an extreme sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation found in most modern electronic devices.
As a result, the 39-year-old is allergic to mobile phones, wi-fi routers, TVs, remote controls and hundreds of other gadgets which trigger heart palpitations, nausea and headaches.
A woman has been awarded a £650-a-month disability grant by a French court after claiming she is allergic to Wi-Fi (file picture)
The court heard that she only copes with the condition by living in a converted barn in remote mountains in south west France with no electricity and water from a well.
Spanish health authorities do not recognise EHS as a genuine clinical illness.
But judges ignored the medical advice to award Richard - a former radio producer - a monthly payout of nearly £650.
'It's a breakthrough,' she said after the hearing.
The court's legal recognition of the condition could have encouraging implications for British sufferers, like Mary Coales.
The 63-year-old former Civil Servant and Cambridge graduate can't go to theatres, restaurants, cinemas, airports, or parks for fear of picking up agonising electromagnetic signals.
The 39-year-old is allergic to mobile phones, wi-fi routers, TVs, remote controls and hundreds of other gadgets which trigger heart palpitations, nausea and headaches (file picture)
And whenever she leaves the house she wears a special silver gauze jacket to earth herself from the radiation.
She said: 'The pain I've suffered is very real. At its worst, it has felt like I'm being tasered inside my mouth.
'I've had to change my entire life to find ways to avoid being exposed to wifi and phone signals.
'Wi-Fi is everywhere now, so it's very difficult to avoid. It's even more difficult to avoid people with mobile phones.
'I hardly ever go to public places, and only go to friends' houses if they have switched everything off beforehand.'