Published Friday, 27 September 2013
As a baby, Nikki Toland spent her first 18 months in jail.
Her mother and other family members had been convicted of involvement in an INLA bomb attack in Ballykelly that killed 17 people in 1982.
The Derry woman now suffers from an auto-immune condition and believes it was caused by exposure to chemicals used to clean prison cells during the so-called "dirty protest".
She told UTV: "It's called Systemic Scleroderma.
"It's an auto-immune disorder that affects your organs, your muscles, your bones - basically, it's pretty nasty.
"It's horrible and I am in pain 24/7."
She continued: "My mum was six weeks pregnant when she was put into jail and she was put into a 'dirty protest' cell that was used back then and it was fumigated while she was pregnant.
"It had wooden floors, so any chemicals that they had used in the cell would have seeped into the wooden floors and I was a baby, I was walking around and that, and lifting things up as you do, and putting them into your mouth."
Eleven soldiers and six civilians were killed in the Ballykelly bombing, while 30 people were injured.
Nikki says she "understands" if many people in the community have little or no sympathy for her.
She said: "The way I'm looking at it is I was an innocent child, I didn't ask to be where I was, I didn't do anything to be there."
Nikki said she will be making a final appeal to Justice Minister David Ford to help meet the cost of expensive stem-cell treatment available in the United States.
The Department of Justice has declined to comment on the case.
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