World

The mystery of babies born without hands

Between 2007 and 2017, thirteen children were born without parts of their upper limbs in three regions of the country.

Initially, health services had attributed these births to pure luck. However, doctors from the Remera research organization who made statistical calculations for a series of random births of hands-free children showed that the likelihood of 13 such births in ten years is mathematically infinitesimal.

So the competent authorities were forced to start an investigation into the matter, with the doctors in the organization speculating that the phenomenon may be linked to extensive pesticide use, accusing the authorities of scandalous shortcomings. However, the scientists who have undertaken to investigate the case have failed to find any common element or condition behind the seemingly unrelated and suspected similar assumptions.

Recognizing the deadlock that has come, the team announced it would not continue the investigation.

“We are faced with an upsurge in such affairs,” commented Emmanuel Amar, epidemiologist and director of Remera, investigating infantile anomalies. “We have the scientific and moral obligation to investigate further.”

From 2009 to 2015, seven babies were born without palms, or even whole hands, within a radius of 17 kilometers from the village of Drigia, in eastern France, where sunflowers are grown using pesticides. Three years later, it was revealed that three more children were born without hands, from 2007 to 2008, in the city of Mouzil, in the west of France.

In these incidents, three more incidents were added to Ghetto from 2011 to 2013. According to the public health service, numbers are much higher on a national scale and are a “natural distribution,” considering that 150 babies born with similar problems are born on an annual basis, albeit on a smaller scale.

The service continues to argue that these incidents do not deviate from the projected national average despite their suspected geographical and temporal coincidence. François Mourtigion, director of the department investigating the case, assures that the responsible auditors have collected all the facts available for the incidents and have spoken with the families of the children.

“We heard their parents and their grandparents. We visited their homes. There is no aggravating environmental factor, such as pesticides, for example “.

Amar insists that the group’s conclusions can not be accepted and that the number of children born with distortions in the wider area of ​​En is 58 times higher than normal.

“It’s like telling families that they were just” bad luck “and they have to live with the unanswered questions.”

Remera is conducting her own independent investigation into the case. “We have put a comprehensive questionnaire on mothers. The only audience is that they live in rural areas, “Amar continues. The case is even more complicated by births of animals, such as calves, born without queues or side in Salamand, another village in En, at the same time as the births of children without hands.