By Louise Medus
Whereas the conflict for the reimbursement of Thalidomide sufferers was once raging within the Seventies, former Labour MP Jack Ashley requested in a parliamentary debate how Louise, then eleven years outdated, might watch for 'laughing and loving without hand to carry and no legs to bop on'.Louise used to be born Louise Mason, a sufferer of the devastating drug Thalidomide. Born with no legs and arms, she is the daughter of David Mason, who single-handedly held out opposed to the drug corporation, the felony institution and the entire different mom and dad of Thalidomide sufferers within the high-profile struggle for correct reimbursement for the sufferers. As she used to be photographed along with her relatives and seemed on tv assembly celebrities in the course of the conflict, few humans realised that she didn't dwell along with her prosperous mom and dad and 3 siblings at their spacious North London domestic yet was once being mentioned in an establishment, Chailey background in Sussex. actually, Louise had by no means long gone domestic from health facility and, for the 1st 5 weeks of her lifestyles, her mom did not even see her.This is a survivor's tale, a triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Louise married John, sighted guy, and had attractive little ones. She used to be devastated whilst she chanced on that he used to be having an affair with their carer. She additionally needed to endure a kidney transplant, the 1st Thalidomide sufferer to take action. She has labored, been an energetic incapacity rights campaigner and has now discovered new love, with Darren, a fellow Thalidomide sufferer who was once born with no palms.
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