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Meet the massage therapist who hasn't let Thalidomide define her

People living with the effects of the drug Thalidomide will hear tomorrow whether they are entitled to more compensation from the German government.

Sue Kent from Mumbles in Swansea is among 30 people in Wales living with the affects of the drug.

Sue Kent is a massage therapist in Mumbles. Credit: ITV News

Her mother was prescribed the drug along with many others in the 1950s and 60s.

It led to terrible side effects causing deformities and lifelong heath problems.

For years, campaigners have fought for compensation.

If the vote is passed - then it will help hundreds living with the condition with future health needs.

History of Thalidomide:

  • The drug was developed in the mid-1950s in Germany - it was used as a sleeping pill and to ease morning sickness in pregnant women.
  • By 1958 it was described by Westminster as a great drug with proven value
  • But by 1960 doctors found the drug damaged the development of unborn babies
  • By 1961, most countries had banned it. But by that time, more than 10 thousand babies around the world had been affected.

Watch Alexandra Hartley's report here.