Thursday, May 07, 2009
Roy Harry at the book launch in Craig-y-nos Castle
Roy as a child after his time in Craig-y-nos.
In the book "Children of Craig-y-nos" Roy wrote an account of his experience of having a gastric lavage.
This is the procedure whereby a child was held, often by more than one nurse, while another pushed a tube down the child's throat to extract fluids from the stomach.
This was then injected into guinea pigs. If the guinea pigs lived you were cured and could go home.
He says of his 18 months in Craig-y-nos:" I went home singing in Welsh with nits in my hair."