US Thalidomide Survivors

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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 or hundreds 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 Random House will release a new book in 2021 with the previously unpublished details and suspicions raised by the original FDA investigation.

A few of approximately 60 Members we have located since 2016

Gwen: born in Ohio in 1962

JoJo: born in New York in 1962

Jean: born in Ohio in 1962

Carolyn: born in Minnesota in 1962

Darren: born in Missouri in 1962

Kim: Born in Pennsylvania in 1959

Jan: born in Oklahoma in 1962

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“Oh my God! Were you a thalidomide baby?”
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