Mother of a 13-year-old boy suffering from various malformations due to Dekapine taken during her pregnancy, Estelle Ervé-Legros cry out from the heart. She wants the culprits to be punished.
In France, it is estimated that 15,000 to 30,000 children are born with disabilities after being exposed to Depakine and its molecule, sodium valproate. Téo, the son of Estelle Ervé-Legros, resident of Saint-Jean de Braye in the Loiret, is one of them. When he was born 13 years ago, the young boy suffered from multiple malformations and complications and today, for the second time in his life, he has to undergo open heart surgery, as reported by France Bleu.
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His mother, like many others, is fighting to have the responsibility of the Sanofi laboratory recognized for her son’s health problems. During her pregnancy, not knowing the risks involved, she continued to take Dekapine, an anti-epileptic drug. “They knew but they didn’t say anything “, assures Estelle to France Bleu.
A scandal of great magnitude
Like Distilbene, prescribed to nearly 200,000 pregnant women between 1950 and 1977 and the cause of all kinds of complications for subsequent generations, Dekapine has also done a lot of damage. It has only been three years since it has been prescribed for pregnant women.
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For the many victims, financial compensation has been put in place and can be claimed from the National Medical Accident Compensation Office since 2017, but this is not enough. For Teo’s mother, we have to go further. “We are now awaiting a criminal trial” insists Estelle. ” I want them to look us in the face, me and Teo, and tell us that they knew and that they ruined our lives. “ In the meantime, the young Teo must be operated on urgently on June 3 at the Clocheville hospital in Tours, a new ordeal for his family.