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Critically ill Willie Frazer 'in God's hands', says wife

Willie Frazer
Willie Frazer

The wife of victims campaigner Willie Frazer has said he is "in God's hands" as he fights for his life in hospital.

Mr Frazer, leader of Markethill-based victims group the Family Research and Policy Unit (FRPU), has battled ill health for several years and was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

At the end of April, he spent four days in intensive care after his blood pressure dropped to a dangerously low level, however he was able to pull through.

It has now emerged Mr Frazer has been in Craigavon Area Hospital for around five weeks, suffering from organ failure.

On Friday evening, a Southern Trust spokesperson confirmed he is in the intensive care unit, where his condition is described as critical.

His wife Anne said the family have been inundated with calls and messages of support.

"Willie is critically ill and it is all in God’s hands. We would like to thank all the well wishers for all their messages of support and prayers,” she told the News Letter.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last month after his release from hospital, the victims campaigner said he was motivated to recover to ensure he can continue to fight for the truth about a series of bloody atrocities during the Troubles.

"At the end of the day I've made a commitment to a lot of people who have suffered an awful lot and hopefully, God willing, I will see that through before I do kick the bucket," he said.

"Of course, you never know when that's going to happen, we could all die in the morning, but this has given me a renewed focus and made me even more determined to do what I can."

Mr Frazer's dad, Bertie, was a part-time UDR officer murdered by the IRA in 1975. Two of his uncles and two cousins were also killed, with one of his uncles dying just 10 days after his father.

In 2016, Mr Frazer revealed he has up to 12 death threats every day after he received a phonecall from an unknown person threatening that he and his family would be shot.

Earlier this week, it emerged that funding for the FRPU was withdrawn by the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS), due to issues regarding "safeguarding, duty of care, committee governance and financial management".

The group has availed of more than £542,000 in funding from the VSS since 2015.

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