Four Fingers and Thirteen Toes
An essential read that will make you laugh and cry, be angry and proud with every turn of the page.
Rosaleen (Rosie) overcame horrendous injuries to her physical being as a result of her mother being prescribed Thalidomide during pregnancy. The drug left Rosie with four fingers, two sprouting from each shoulder and thirteen toes on legs which came to an abrupt end above the knee.
This fascinating and beautifully written true story, charts Rosie's birth into an Irish immigrant family, and leads the reader through every facet of her inspirational life. It includes her early years filled with long periods of hospitalisation and treatment; her education, employment and relationships; and onto true fulfilment of a lifetime's desire to be independent.
Illustrated throughout, this remarkable story of a strong willed daughter, wife, mother and respected businesswoman, also details the factual and historical journey of Thalidomide from Nazi Germany to now.
This so-called 'wonder drug' of the 1960s, thought to be banished after the tragedy unfolded, is still being used in the treatment of various conditions and illnesses. Rosie examines why pharmaceutical companies are eager for it to be re-licensed and includes her honest perspective of the drug.
From the Author
Thank you for looking at this revised and updated edition of `Four Fingers and Thirteen Toes'.
The title is the same, but inside you will find more photographs from my family album and updated information about the drug Thalidomide. Even more interesting, you will meet a person who played a major part at my birth - of whom I knew nothing until I did a radio interview on BBC Radio Four.
I shouldn't say any more ... Happy reading!
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