Three babies & # 39; s who were born with malformed hands in a hospital in Germany for three months are conducting a government investigation into the & # 39; striking & # 39; cases
- The babies were born in the Sankt Marien hospital in the town of Gelsenkirchen
- They were all born between mid-June and early September but were not connected
- Officials said they have had this type of case & # 39; for many years & # 39; have not seen anymore, but now three
- The government will examine other clinics in the area to see if there are more
A number of babies & # 39; s in Germany were born with deformed hands, which led to a government investigation.
Authorities in the city of Gelsenkirchen, about 18 miles (30 km) from Dortmund, are investigating possible causes of birth defects.
Two children were born with underdeveloped fingers and palms on their left hand and another child had the same problems with their right hand.
The babies & # 39; s were all born at St. Marien Hospital between June and September and were the first to be there & # 39; many years & # 39; defective ones were born.
Officials in the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia said the deviations & # 39; striking & # 39; were and they come after a government investigation was started in France last year after dozens of babies with malformed limbs were born.
Three babies were born with deformed hands between June and September at the same hospital in Gelsenkirchen, 18 miles (30 km) west of Dortmund, officials confirmed
Midwife Sonja Liggett-Igelmund was the first health professional to speak out about the strange cluster of cases.
She suggested that more babies were born with similar problems in the past but remained unnoticed, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.
In a statement on its website, St Marien Hospital said: & # 39; For two of the affected children the left hand was deformed – in normal forearms the palms and fingers were vestigial.
& # 39; For one child, the right hand was affected – here too, the palms and fingers were rudimentary in the normal forearm.
& # 39; We could not see any ethnic, cultural, or social similarities between the families of origin. All families live in the neighborhood.
WHAT CAN CAUSE DEFORMITIES IN BABIES?
Babies born with deformed arms or legs are described as having a congenital limb abnormality.
This happens when the limb does not form properly in the womb and can be caused by factors outside the mother or an internal disease or genetic disorder.
The most famous was the Thalidomide scandal, which came out in the 1960s, in which thousands of babies were born with parts of their limbs missing or deformed because a drug was prescribed as a morning sickness pill but later turned out to be toxic to unborn babies. 39; s.
Exposure to too much alcohol or cigarette smoke in the womb can cause birth defects.
And some chemicals, such as pesticides or fungicides used in agriculture, are known to be toxic to unborn babies and can cause problems if the mother spends a lot of time with them.
Viral infections in the mother or sexually transmitted diseases can also lead to developmental problems.
According to the Sankt Marien Hospital, between one and two percent of babies are born with some sort of malformation.
& # 39; We have not seen this type of malformation for years. Multiple events can now also be a random accumulation. However, we find the short period in which we now see these three cases striking. & # 39;
Health Ministers in North Rhine-Westphalia will now ask other clinics in the region if more cases appear and look at previous birth data.
Süddeutsche Zeitung speculates that malformations can be caused by infections, toxins, radiation or chemicals, but the causes are unknown.
The French Ministry of Health started an investigation last year into a number of babies born with undeveloped limbs.
Especially in Ain – a city between Lyon and the Swiss border – at least seven babies were born malformed in 2014.
And there were unusually high numbers of cases in the eastern Rhône-Alpes region between 2009 and 2017, according to France 24, and more than 20 cases were discovered in Brittany in the last 15 years.
In these cases, some children were born who lacked complete limbs, but again, no cause was found to connect them.
The mother of one of the children, Aurelie Bingler, said to Russia Today last year: & # 39; I want to know why she was born that way because mothers blame themselves. & # 39;
The cases show ultrasounds from the Thalidomide scandal, in which thousands of children with severe malformations were born after receiving a morning sickness remedy that later turned out to be toxic to unborn babies.
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