This poor child!

  1. Xuan Minh, 3, looks out from his bed at the Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Min city on Friday March 25,2005, suffering from what is believed to be the effects of the jungle defoliant Agent Orange, used heavily in the region by the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War. Vietnam celebrates the end of hostilities on April 30, 2005, marking 30 years since war in Vietnam ended. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Roy Fokker
    you know what? for the past couple of years, i've been trying to do some research on this topic : the tiny victims of desert storm

    note :: the link i just posted contains graphic images.

    it is a somewhat macabre and revolting image but a truly horrifying story. the victims make it all the more appaling. the response of the government and from society and the media in general make it truly frightening and enraging.

    it's a monstrous tragedy and the sadest facxt is that nobody has answered for it. nobody has paid for crimes commited on innocent victims.

    i fear that a whole new generation will be created this time around. i fear for my dear friends there in the sandbox now...
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    You are right to be fearful.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Long story short, my dh and I had the first baby EVER in memory on either side of our families, to have a birth defect. My dh served in Desert Storm in 1990-91. I hear there were lots of defects in 1992, when my son was born, most much worse than my son had. We were also luck in that his was fixed with a pretty cranial radical surgery at 3 mo of age. Not fun. We were baffled; like I said, no one on either side up to our great grandparents could ever remember a single birth defect of any kind in any child. Mighty suspicious to us.

    7 years later, our healthy daughter was born, free of defects.

    They "told" us it was genetic, but have as-yet failed to map the exact gene(s) affected. I still wonder to this day the real story. I am only feeling lucky; my son is healthy today.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 26, '05
  6. by   leslie :-D
    the photo displayed and roy's link to the victims of environmental toxins literally made me sick to my stomach.
    and i don't know what made me sicker; the deformites of these children or the dismissive attitudes of the govt. so,so unconscionable.
  7. by   pickledpepperRN
    The American Gulf War Veterans Association, lead by an RN Veteran, has been trying to get information to the public and help for the victims. They have documented facts and lies.

    Joyce Riley RN, BSN said on the radio that 20% of those on the ground in Desert Storm have died. Then there are the children of our soldiers and the children of Iraq dead and dying. In addition to violent deaths and injuries there are DU and other illnesses.

    Links for Desert Storm Vets:
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    I think we need to be careful here. All of the birth defects mentioned happen to non-vets too.

    My niece was born with spina bifida . . she is the third daughter of my brother. The first two girls are normal. Like the family in the article. My brother was never in the military.

    And I just wonder at the sheer number of birth defects being blamed on Gulf War Syndrome. Or Agent Orange.

    It seems sort of like that bogus email that has been going around for years linking aspartame to every disease known to man.

  9. by   Spidey's mom
    I have to admit thinking the first photo looked fake to me so I checked out and found more photos with different views that looked real. He is a real kid - although there is no proof that Agent Orange caused his birth defect. See link below.

  10. by   BeachNurse
    At my home health job, I take care of a boy who looks very much like this one, except that his head is not pointed at the top. He was born with a severe birth defect and cannot walk, is mentally disabled and the sweetest thing.

    Yes, the pic appears to be true. How very sad.