A North Vancouver man who was born without arms is praising the federal government for introducing a new pension program to support thalidomide victims.
Gavin Bamber is one of hundreds of children born in the 1960’s with malformed limbs.
The defects were linked to thalidomide, a supposedly safe drug taken by pregnant women.
“I have to use my feet for everything since I don’t have any arms so absolutely everything has to be done with my feet, so eating, dressing, bathing, everything. I use my feet as my hands.”
Bamber received at one time payment of $125,000 from the federal government.
Now he is expecting to receive an additional $75,000 a year for the rest of his life.
“It is wonderful, it will get me at least, I mean at least let’s say to help with all of the things I need to do.”
Bamber says he needs help with everything from transportation to grocery shopping.
He did manage to complete a Bachelor of Arts in History, and spent 26 years working at the public library.