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Queensland woman born without arms reveals she is tormented by bullies

A woman who was born without arms has opened up about the adversity she faces as soon as she leaves her home.

Trish Jackson was born with no arms, six tiny fingers and holes in her heart. 

The 56-year-old is a survivor of the Thalidomide disaster, a spate of children who were born with deformities from a drug called thalidomide in the 1960s.

Trish Jackson, 56, was born with no arms, six tiny fingers and holes in her heart. She has opened up about the bullying she faces on a daily basis

Mrs Jackson said she has heard every insult about her ‘confronting’ appearance and didn’t want it to destroy her life. 

Despite her positive outlook, the Queenslander was left stunned after she was insulted while filling a script.

‘This man looked me up and down and said ‘what, did you chew your finger nails and forget to stop?” The Sunshine Coast Daily reported. 

Mrs Jackson said she has faced a lifetime filled with ‘ridicule and bullying’. 

‘I get bullied every time I go out in public, I had to realise it wasn’t my fault that they were bullying me,’ she said.

The inspirational speaker said she often wears a coat over her arms to prevent judgement.

The 56-year-old is a survivor of the Thalidomide disaster, a spate of children who were born with deformities from a drug called thalidomide in the 1960s

The 56-year-old is a survivor of the Thalidomide disaster, a spate of children who were born with deformities from a drug called thalidomide in the 1960s

Mrs Jackson was born with the deformities after her mother took the drug to prevent morning sickness.   

Thalidomide was launched in the 1950s to treat nausea but caused severe birthing defects.  

The drug scandal led to the establishment of Australia’s medicines watchdog the Therapeutic Goods Administration. 

Mrs Jackson was born with the deformities after her mother took the drug to prevent morning sickness

Mrs Jackson was born with the deformities after her mother took the drug to prevent morning sickness

Forty per cent of the babies born with the disability died before their first birthday.

Mrs Jackson has used art to push her through some of the darkest periods in her life.  

‘I became occupied on what I could draw each day instead of focusing on the pain,’ she said. 

With incredible precision, she uses her feet to paint and draw reptiles, birds and other creatures.  

Mrs Jackson: 'I get bullied every time I go out in public, I had to realise it wasn't my fault that they were bullying me'

Mrs Jackson: ‘I get bullied every time I go out in public, I had to realise it wasn’t my fault that they were bullying me’

 

 



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