Australian Story: Mar 11

On Australian Story, the plight of thalidomide survivors, looking for recognition, compensation and an apology.

It’s widely accepted nowadays that pregnant women shouldn’t take any medication unless it’s absolutely necessary.

But in the early 1960s that wasn’t the case.

Reassured by their doctors, thousands of women around the world took the drug thalidomide as a treatment for morning sickness, only to be faced with babies born with catastrophic disabilities.

Born in March 1963, Lisa McManus is one of Australia’s youngest survivors. She’s leading a group who have taken their fight to Canberra’s Parliament House, in a last ditch battle for recognition, compensation and an apology.

Monday March 11, 8pm on ABC.

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