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IHateSprouts tells us they once avoided getting caught up in an IRA bomb attack by missing a train. Tell us how you've dodged the Grim Reaper, or simply avoided a bit of trouble.

(, Thu 19 Aug 2010, 12:31)
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Not me exactly, but close
My sister was happily growing in mum's womb back in 1960. As was the fashion in those days, mum took medicine to help combat morning sickness. She stopped taking it as it didn't agree with her.

It was called Thalidomide.

(, Thu 19 Aug 2010, 14:22, 10 replies)
People shouldn't worry about talking about Thalidomide
There's no arm in it.
(, Thu 19 Aug 2010, 15:06, closed)
I take it your sister's schoolyard nickname wasn't "Flipper", then?

(, Thu 19 Aug 2010, 15:58, closed)
She's entirely normally-proportioned. Well, apart from her tits, which are massive.

But I don't think that's related.
(, Thu 19 Aug 2010, 16:31, closed)
Its still in use today
as a treatment for Leprosy. With a different name.
(, Thu 19 Aug 2010, 19:40, closed)
What's the new name for Leprosy?
(, Thu 19 Aug 2010, 19:57, closed)
Hansen's disease.

(, Thu 19 Aug 2010, 22:21, closed)
A certain bear must be shitting bricks...

(, Fri 20 Aug 2010, 0:57, closed)
Since it was a standard prescribed drug for a fair few years and only around 2000 people in the UK had this terrible side effect,
so the risk factor was quite a bit less than 1%.
Obviously unacceptable, but not that close a shave.
(, Fri 20 Aug 2010, 15:09, closed)
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Thalidomide Embryopathy
While estimates of risk range from 10-50%, Weicker (1962) suggested that if a fetus is exposed to thalidomide during the critical period, there is approximately a 20% risk of thalidomide embryopathy (Newman, 1985). Thalidomide embryopathy is characterized by a specific pattern of birth defects which can be divided into four groups: 1. four-limb phocomelia; 2. Upper-limb phocomelia or amelia with other leg defects; 3. Upper-limb phocomelia or amelia with normal legs; 4. Predominantly lower limb defects (femoral hypoplasia or lower limb phocomelia) which are generally associated with bilateral radial club hand and other limb defects. All four categories can be associated with other anomalies involving various organs (Newman, 1985).http://www.fetal-exposure.org/resources/index.php/1997/12/03/thalidomide/
(, Fri 20 Aug 2010, 19:29, closed)
Well, that's me told.
I take it all back!
(, Tue 24 Aug 2010, 8:34, closed)

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