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Thalidomide Victim / England #238345

CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 26, 1975
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(Studio) In 1960's, 2000 women in Europe and Great Britain gave birth to deformed babies after taking thalidomide. Children now are in teens.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(England) 1965 film shows deformed child, Tommy Yendall, who recd. artificial arms. No compensation received by parents. By 1969, company offered $17,000 to each of victims. Offer rejected. Most of compensation cases settled. Phillipa Bradborn born without arms; learns to ride horses. [BRADBORN - wants to train horses when grown. Main problem will be starting stable.] She received $35,000; dream probably possible. David Bickers hopes to become sound engineer, despite his deformities. He received $60,000. He attends regular school; considered intelligent. [BICKERS - says has cocky attitude. Won't stand for nonsense.] [Chairperson The Thalidomide Society Alec PURKIS - says happy progress made by children. Settlements have helped children. It's a hopeful story.] Maxine Paine, 16, 1st thalidomide victim to get job. Shown working.
REPORTER: John Laurence

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Laurence, John
Duration:
00:05:00

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