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Munday, Dorcas (Part 1 of 22). Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:29:03

  • Shelf mark

    C1134/23/01-13

  • Subjects

    Cerebral Palsy

  • Recording date

    2005-06-23

  • Interviewees

    Munday, Dorcas, 1947- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Mann, Philip (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 1 (Tape 1 Side A): Born in Northampton General Hospital on 16 June 1947 three months premature, weighing less than 2lbs. Post-war care of premature babies. Stayed in hospital till August 1947 when 5 lbs, 5 oz. Home in Wellingborough. Father served in RAF, then started his own men’s hairdressers and tobacconist shop and became a local councillor. Mother was a tailor in Wellingborough clothes factory and served in Air Raid Precautions. Dorcas taken to London to see consultant surgeon Mr Bonham Carter who diagnosed cerebral palsy and told parents to put her away and forget her. Special high chair. Father joined the Spastics Society (now Scope). Dorcas had physiotherapy at Northampton Hospital. Parents tried to adopt but agency refused because they had a disabled child.

  • Description

    Interviewed for the project 'Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy'; a project conducted by Scope in partnership with the British Library, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund

  • Related transcripts

    Dorcas Munday interviewed by Phil Hills: full transcript of the interview (PDF)

  • Related links

    'Speaking For Ourselves' project website, including resources, information for schools and news

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