Thalidomide disability woman talks of her amazing story

Thalidomide disability woman talks of her amazing story

A woman who was one of many babies born around 50 years ago suffering with defects caused by the infamous pregnancy drug thalidomide has spoken to local reporters about the amazing journey she has been on since, including becoming Cardiff University's first disabled student.

Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds, who is originally from and still lives in the Welsh capital, achieved this milestone despite having only four fingers growing from her shoulders, which meant she had to learn how to take lecture notes by using a pencil with her mouth.

Since graduating, Rosaleen, who is dependent on wheelchair vehicles for travelling long distances, has started up her own successful disability consultancy business, and has now also learnt to be one of just a few hundred people worldwide working as mouth artists.

 Married to a fellow thalidomide disability sufferer, Steve, the 52-year-old has been an extraordinary influence for other disabled people around the world, raising a great deal of public attention through her tireless equality campaigning and the release of her memoirs, Four Fingers and Thirteen Toes.


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