Babies without arms: "Will our cases be recognized?"

Babies without arms: "Will our cases be recognized?"

A hand is rising. The mother of Lola, born in 2011 with one hand less in Calan, about twenty kilometers from Guidel, speaks, pretty recovered. "I responded to a letter from the Regional Health Agency three years ago but no one came back to us. We've been forgotten and I think I'm not the only one in the room. "

They were a hundred Tuesday night to have made the trip to the public meeting organized by the town hall and Public Health France to report new cases of "baby without arms". Like this dad whose daughter was born in La Trinité-sur-Mer in 2017 with an agenesis (no training of a member) or this other parent touched in 2003 in a neighboring town. "Will my son be counted in the statistics? He worries.

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Opposite, on the platform, the health authorities are trying to answer, highlighting the "complexity of investigations", saying "nothing will be hidden". Objective: to reassure.

Scientists and parents oppose

Earlier in the day, they met four families from the sector interviewed as part of the national survey commissioned by Public Health France. "I am relieved to have been able to express myself but we do not know more about the causes," laments Isabelle Taymans Grassin, the first to have reported a suspicious group of cases in the municipality of Morbihan.

Scientists and parents do not seem to speak the same language. "How does one explain to our 3-year-old daughter why she suffers from this malformation? We are lost. There is no follow-up, "deplore grandparents, frustrated. Parents question the methodology of the survey. Why only look at the four Guidel children born between 2011 and 2013? Why not expand the area?

"At 50 km round, there are still many cases," surprised the father of Ilouan, born with this malformation in Languidic. My wife lived for more than twenty years in Guidel. Will our cases be recognized? ".

"Let all the truth be made"

Pesticides invite themselves into the debate. "We are not going to hide the face, it is the most plausible hypothesis, says a resident who wants to know if actions were conducted with farmers. "We have not investigated them," says a researcher. "Are there cases in children of farmers? Asks another woman. No. Or at least none of them reported.

In the room, the vice-president of the Chamber of Agriculture of Morbihan, Alain Guihard, does not dare to speak. "We know that phytosanitary practices are involved. We would like to be associated with the research and that the whole truth be made, "he explains. An email address will be communicated soon to report cases that have not been taken into account.

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