Child of Thalidomide has laser surgery

Child of Thalidomide has laser surgery

A "child of Thalidomide" has had his sight corrected by laser surgery.

The BBC reported how John Roberts, 46, has underdeveloped ears and short arms as a result of the drug.

For these reasons, he cannot wear glasses or insert contact lenses.

His right eye also does not work.

An enthusiastic photographer who enjoys using his digital camera, Mr Roberts also reads a lot of newspapers.

He was referred to Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead when it was found he needed reading glasses, where consultant Sheraz Daya carried out laser surgery after several weeks of tests.

Mr Roberts said: "It"s wonderful not to have to think about glasses and the inconvenience of trying to balance them on my nose."

Thalidomide was a morning sickness drug taken in the late 1950s and early 1960s which caused birth defects.

In 1962, the Thalidomide Society was established by parents of the "children of thalidomide" as a means of bringing support and information.

Furthermore, it monitors and advises on the use of thalidomide for medicinal purposes, both in the UK and overseas.

by Martin Burns

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