Nav Modi screamed in agony as he felt like his brain was on fire and his eyeballs were going to pop out during the terrifying trial at Northwick Park Hospital, London
A STUDENT whose head swelled up to TWICE its normal size in a botched drugs trial has claimed he is yet to receive a penny in compensation – 12 years on.
“Elephant Man” Nav Modi screamed in agony as he felt like his brain was on fire and his eyeballs were going to pop out.
Nav, then 24, and five other volunteers were left fighting for life following the trial at Northwick Park Hospital in London in March 2006.
Scientists said the drug had already been tried on two monkeys which suffered no ill effects.
But the student was left writhing in agony just an hour after it had been given to him.
The university graduate claims he has not received a penny in compensation or even an apology from the drug company
Terrified Nav, who lived in Forest Gate, East London, suffered multiple organ failure and spent four days in intensive care.
Twelve years later he claims the drugs firm are refusing to pay out a single penny in compensation or even offer an apology.
And the dad-of-one says he was made to feel like he was a criminal.
Nav, now 36, told the Sun Online: “Nobody ever admitted it was their fault.
“Instead we were made to feel that we had committed a crime.
We talk about the UK as a developed country but how did a company escape after putting so many people’s lives at risk?
“It would have been humane of them to apologise.
“All they seem to care about is their profits.”
Nav said his drug trial hell forced him to move back to India to stay with his family because he was terrified to live alone.
Relieving his ordeal, the university graduate told the Sun Online: “It was very scary, we were all left in the dark. Nobody knew what happened.
“If I got a proper job after uni I would have settled in England.