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No Hand to Hold & No Legs to Dance on: A Thalidomide Survivor's Story

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While the battle for the compensation of Thalidomide victims was raging in the 1970s, former Labour MP Jack Ashley asked in a parliamentary debate how Louise, then 11 years old, could look forward to 'laughing and loving with no hand to hold and no legs to dance on'.Louise was born Louise Mason, a victim of the devastating drug Thalidomide. Born without arms and legs, she ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published January 15th 2009 by Accent Press (UK) (first published 2009)
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Cheryl
An important but difficult book to read.

Without Louise Mendus' willingness to share her life and opinions with all the strangers that read her book, we would miss an opportunity to learn from each other. I do admire her courage. I have a beloved adult daughter with disabilities that impacts important areas in her life (and ours) and who demands freedom and independence with every fiber of her being. I know there are multiple sides of the 'story' and I sometimes have a hard time understanding he
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Bookworm
Jul 13, 2014 Bookworm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this after watching the BBC2 documentary - Thalidomide - The Fifty Year fight.

Louise Medus is David Mason's daughter - he led a high profile campaign to get proper compensation for the families affected by thalidomide.

I was therefore upset on reading this book to discover that Louise was placed in a home by her family. (as no mention of this was made in the documentary).

To be fair however, the medical profession had a lot to answer for.

Louise's book was a heartwarming tale of triump
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