US Thalidomide Survivors

Most people believe no "thalidomide babies" were born in the U.S.
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How Many Thalidomide babies Were born in the US?

Every source from 1962 through 2019 has quoted an incorrect number of “thalidomide babies” born in the United States. FDA records obtained by a survivor in 2012 suggest that dozens of babies were never identified or officially counted.

The official FDA count released in the 1960s was seventeen thalidomide babies born in the United States. Nine of them were born to mothers who took samples made by American drug companies. Eight other mothers said they obtained the drug in other countries.

We have reasons to believe there were many more. Random House will release a new book in 2022 with the previously unpublished details and suspicions raised by the original FDA investigation.

USTS launches campaign to find survivors

This week, US Thalidomide Survivors launches a nationwide Facebook campaign to try to locate — as many as possible — thalidomide survivors in our country!

The campaign consists of two posts, and asks “Do you believe you are a U.S. survivor of the drug thalidomide?” 

A few of approximately 60 Members we have located since 2016

Bonnie: born in Illinois in 1962

JoJo: born in New York in 1962

Jean: born in Ohio in 1962

Thalidomide Baby born in the U.S.

Gwen: born in Ohio in 1962

Thalidomide Baby born in the U.S.

Darrn: born in Missouri in 1962

Thalidomide Baby born in the U.S.

Kim: born in Pennsylvania in 1959

Jan: born in Oklahoma in 1962

Tawana: born in North Carolina in 1963

Carolyn: born in New Jersey in 1962

Gianna: born on a US Military Base in 1962

Latest News

German family behind Thalidomide apologises to victims

German family behind Thalidomide apologises to victims

FROM THE IRISH TIMES, NOVEMBER 29, 2021, by Derek Scally in Berlin, Olivia Kelly, Dublin Editor. Photo by Nick Bradshaw The Government is coming under increasing pressure to issue a State apology to Thalidomide survivors after the German family behind the drug...

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USTS launches campaign to find survivors

USTS launches campaign to find survivors

This week, US Thalidomide Survivors launches a nationwide Facebook campaign to try to locate -- as many as possible -- thalidomide survivors in our country! The campaign consists of two Facebook posts, featuring two of our non-profit organization officers (Gwen...

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British journalist, Sir Harold Evans, dies at 92

British journalist, Sir Harold Evans, dies at 92

Known worldwide to Thalidomide survivors as a hero -- the journalist who led the ground-breaking investigation into Thalidomide in Europe -- Sir Harold Evans has died of congestive heart failure. In the 60s and 70s, and indeed all his life, Sir Harold Evans fought to...

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Jan Garrett

Jan Garrett

My name is Jan Taylor Garrett, and I serve as an at-large member of the U.S. Thalidomide Survivors Board of Directors. I love my husband Dan, kitties, all things purple, and my friends and family. I was born in February of 1962 in Oklahoma City, OK. My disability is...

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Introduction

Introduction

Introduction You can call me "JoJo." My name is Jose Martynov G. Calora. I was born in 1962 in Ithaca, New York, with congenital deformities in my upper extremities. I have short arms, no elbows, and three fingers on each hand. The technical term is phocomelia. My...

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