By Louise Medus

Whereas the conflict for the reimbursement of Thalidomide sufferers was once raging within the Nineteen Seventies, former Labour MP Jack Ashley requested in a parliamentary debate how Louise, then eleven years previous, may possibly look ahead to 'laughing and loving without hand to carry and no legs to bounce on'.Louise was once born Louise Mason, a sufferer of the devastating drug Thalidomide. Born with out legs and arms, she is the daughter of David Mason, who single-handedly held out opposed to the drug corporation, the criminal institution and all of the 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 kinfolk and seemed on tv assembly celebrities throughout the conflict, few humans realised that she didn't dwell together with her prosperous mom and dad and 3 siblings at their spacious North London domestic yet used to be being mentioned in an establishment, Chailey historical past in Sussex. in reality, Louise had by no means long past domestic from health facility and, for the 1st 5 weeks of her existence, 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 kids. She used to be devastated whilst she stumbled on that he was once 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 came upon new love, with Darren, a fellow Thalidomide sufferer who used to be born with out palms.

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