MONTREAL, Jan. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada is paying tribute to the British government for officially offering an apology to the Thalidomide victims in their country on January 14th.
Nearly half a century later, Canadian victims have yet to receive similar apologies from their Government. Why? Born with major birth defects because Thalidomide was prescribed to their mothers during pregnancy, the Canadian survivors of this ruthless medical tragedy are still, to this day, overcoming great ordeals as to their health condition, physical degeneration and difficulties exercizing their autonomy with dignity. Their parents, already very old if not deceased, also still await a message of acknowledgement, comfort and empathy from their country's government.
Like the British government, the government of Canada has the moral duty to officially apply a balm on the heart and mind of the survivors of this tragedy and their parents. "We expect this much from our Government, we have been waiting for too long!" claims Mercédes Benegbi, survivor of the Thalidomide tragedy and executive director of the Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada. "We deserve an apology. It is the most noble path through which the moral duty of any government concerned by such tragedies must express itself to its citizens" adds Mercédes Benegbi.
The Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada is a non-profit charitable organization, which represents over a hundred Canadians born disabled as a result the Thalidomide drug, a drug prescribed in the late fifties and early sixties to pregnant women to relieve morning sickness.
The Thalidomide tragedy led to the implementation of numerous regulatory measures in the marketing of medication in order to protect the public.
SOURCE Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada
For further information: For further information: Mercedes Benegbi, (514) 355-0811, 1-877-355-0811; www.thalidomide.ca