Would You Believe?

Carmel Daly McDonnell

Thalidomide survivor Carmel Daly McDonnell talks about how she is detemined not to let her condition limit the value of her life.

Carmel's mother took just two teaspoons of Thalidomide during her pregnancy, to help with her morning sickness. By the time she took it, doctors had already been advised not to prescribe it any more, but she was still able to buy it over the counter, unaware of its side-effects. As a result Carmel was born with no arms and no legs.

Today she is one of over 30 Thalidomide survivors in Ireland - a group whom society in general, and the medical profession in particular, has never quite known what to do with.

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