Thalidomide survivors Darren Mansell and Louise Medus

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Since the late Fifties and early Sixties, those who suffered severe birth defects because their mothers during pregnancy  took the Thalidomide drug for morning sickness have been followed by film crews and newspaper journalists.

Some were only affected slightly , others were born with no arms and no legs. Archive footage showed a young boy coming painfully out of a toy car with no limbs for support, and a teenager struggling to balance on his prosthetic legs, giving a fresh shock to their suffering.

However, the Thalidomiders (as those affected now call themselves) described their struggles was uplifting, and it was touching to see how they cleverly  invented adaptations – such as specially designed cars – that have made their lives a little more comfortable over the years.

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