Friday, 10 March 2017

Children died of starvation in Chamber of Horrors

photo Adoption Rights Alliance

"Details are emerging of the horrific stories behind some of the 796 deaths at the Tuam mother and baby home."

"Irish leader Enda Kenny made an impassioned speech in the parliament... calling Tuam a `Chamber of Horrors.`"

"At least 6,000 Irish children died in the now notorious mother and baby homes throughout Ireland, but the nightmare doesn't end there. Eighteen children, mostly girls, mostly mentally handicapped, were starved to death."

"Twelve of the 18 who starved were girls and there is a suspicion that some were mentally retarded. Bridget Agatha Kenny was two months old when she died as a result of marasmus, child malnutrition, on August 23, 1947. She is described as having been ‘mentally defective.'"

"She was one of 18 children whose cause of death was listed as child malnutrition or the official term `marasmus`."

"Marasmus is a form of severe malnutrition characterized by energy deficiency. A child with marasmus looks utterly emaciated with ribs protruding. Body weight is reduced to less than 60% of the normal body weight for the age."

"The new details raise the shocking specter of children dying of starvation in Ireland 100 years after the Famine."

"In 2014 it was revealed in a report compiled by Michael Dwyer of Cork University’s School of History 2,051 children from state-run homes were used as medical guinea pigs for the pharma giant Burroughs Wellcome during the 1930s. He came to this conclusion after trawling through tens of thousands of medical journal articles and archived files..."

"In 2011, RTE’s investigative current affairs show, `Prime Time` revealed that hundreds of the bodies of babies born in Ireland’s Mother and Baby homes were sent from the homes to Irish medical colleges.. They also reported that other children were vaccinated in the homes with experimental drugs and closely monitored for side effects."

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