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 Random House will release a new book in 2022 with the previously unpublished details and suspicions raised by the original FDA investigation.

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

Tawana: born in North Carolina in 1963

Darren: born in Missouri in 1962

Kim: Born in Pennsylvania in 1959

Carolyn: born in Minnesota in 1962

Jan: born in Oklahoma in 1962

Gianna: born on a US Military Base in 1962

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Starting with Childhood Trauma (then onto Human Resilience)

Starting with Childhood Trauma (then onto Human Resilience)

Plan to tune in to the next USTS Online Speaker Series session! Daisy Polido, LMFT, will deliver a seminar specially tailored for Thalidomide survivors, who often deal with unresolved childhood trauma. Mark your calendars for March 27, 2021, 8am PDT, 11am EDT, and 4pm...

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Your Rights & Resources as a Person with a Disability

Your Rights & Resources as a Person with a Disability

You do not want to miss this next session of the US Thalidomide Survivors 2021 Online Speaker Series! The following is a description from our presenters, Jan Garrett and Suzanne Hopkins: As a person with a disability, have you ever wondered what rights you have and...

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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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My Life in Shorthand — Chapter 5

My Life in Shorthand — Chapter 5

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MINISERIES I was excited to move to a new place and happy to be back on an Army Base. I later learned that was probably due to the maturity level of Army Brats as they are lovingly referred to by all. After the miserable year of having only 1/2 of...

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My Life in Shorthand — Chapter 4

My Life in Shorthand — Chapter 4

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MINISERIES My sister was not just 8 years older but she was a TALL teenager. i was 4 feet tall when she was 6 feet tall. She  kept me tough by wrestling with me, giving me grief if I ate like a slob, and teased me if i wet my pants. She said "they...

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My Life in Shorthand — Chapter 3

My Life in Shorthand — Chapter 3

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MINISERIES Less than a year after that lonely horrid hospital stay we moved to Massachusettes (from Va.) 1st time we lived off an Army base. We had a super cool kid-friendly house cuz the entire daylight basement was turned into a playhouse for me...

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