US Thalidomide Survivors

Most people believe no “Thalidomide Babies” were born in the United States.

Learn the truth and help right the wrong.

US Thalidomide Survivors

Most people believe no “Thalidomide Babies” were born in the United States.

Learn the truth and help right the wrong.

Share our story and help right the wrong 

Through social media, dozens of “Thalidomide Babies” born or currently living in the United States began finding each other in 2011. Together we are working to correct the false narrative about thalidomide created in 1961 by American drug manufacturers Richardson Merrell (now Sanofi) and Smith Kline and French (now GSK), and German manufacturer Chemie Grünenthal (now Grünenthal).

That story, repeated by journalists and doctors for decades, prevented most of us from knowing the cause of our birth defects and seeking compensation for the ongoing damage done to our health, self-image, relationships and economic security.

In 2018…

Unlike thalidomide survivors in Germany, England, Canada, Australia and other countries, many survivors in the U.S. grew up never knowing the cause of our birth defects or meeting others like us. Shamed into silence, we rarely spoke of our isolating experiences, even to our closest friends and family.

When a dozen survivors met in 2018, it was the first time some had ever known another person who shared our life experience. 

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