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Federal compensation for thalidomide babies

The Story

In January 1963, Federal Health Minister J. Waldo Monteith, states on CBC Television: "It is our job to ensure that these victims are cared for in the best possible manner... [and] their needs are met to the fullest possible extent we can devise...." In September of that year, the minister announces that an agreement has been worked out between the provincial and federal governments to provide financial compensation to assist with medical expenses faced by thalidomide families. A young family whose baby was born with defects due to thalidomide reacts with hope to the news.

Medium: Radio
Program: Project '64
Broadcast Date: Dec. 15, 1963
Interviewer: Marjorie McEnaney
Duration: 1:26

Did You know?

• Between 1957 and 1962, thalidomide was available in over 46 different countries under many different brand names. Before it was recalled from use, the drug had caused the malformation of about 10,000 children throughout the world, over 100 of whom were in Canada.

• There are approximately 5,000 thalidomide survivors today around the world. Never counted and never to be known are the numbers of babies miscarried or stillborn.


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