Parliament Broke its Promise to Thalidomide Victims Like Me

On December 1, I arrived at Parliament Hill after receiving an invitation from then NDP Health Critic Libby Davies. Ms. Davies had tabled the motion for the government to give the 95 Canadian thalidomide victims full support. The motion was adopted and passed. Then, the moment I will never forget as long as I live. Every MP stood, raised their eyes to the balcony where we were standing, and gave us a three minute ovation. Three months later, Friday, March 6, 2015, Hon. Rona Ambrose read a press release. The government would be giving us half of what we had asked for. What?
Susan Wagner-White

Imagine Getting Through the Day With No Arms. That's My Life Thanks to Thalidomide

In 1962 a doctor in Perth, Ontario gave my mother a sample pack of two tablets of the drug thalidomide. She took one pill for her morning sickness, but that one tiny pill made her feel even worse. That one pill stunted the growth of my arms. There are only 95 of us left out of 125, we are dying prematurely due to thalidomide-related injuries. On December 1, 2014, the Canadian parliament stood and voted unanimously 256-0 to support a motion that was tabled by MP Libby Davies to fully support us. We need to get this compensation now.