Muriel Webb. Life as a disabled child in the 1940s and 50s

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  • Interviewee name: Muriel Webb

  • Date of event: 1 Jan 1942

  • This is the extraordinary story of Muriel Webb's childhood. Born in 1942, daughter of an unmarried woman and a German soldier, Muriel was given up for adoption. She was born with a brain tumor that left the left side of her body disabled and with countless medical problems. Her adoptive mother could not cope with her disabilty and abandoned her at county hall in London. In Part 1 of her interview, Muriel recounts her childhood memories of living in and out of children's homes. She explains what it felt like to be a child with a severe disability in those times and how she never really felt part of a family. She lived in these homes until she was 17 and then went back to live with her adoptive mother, a time which did not leave her with fond memories...

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