Ms Thomas says she did not have any of the known risk factors associated with having a baby born with Gastroschisis, such as amphetamine and cannabis use, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or being under the age of 20.
“I was wondering why. Why it was happening? Because we were told there was no reasons for this and then all of a sudden there’s all these babies within a 35 kilometre range with the same problem,” she said.
“He was really not optimistic about her chances of surviving the first surgery. The actual hole was only about two centimetres but all of her large intestine and most of her small intestine, part of her liver and all of her reproductive organs were on the outside,” Ms Paitson said.
“On that list it’s incredible to find that there are seven pesticides that are actually banned in the European Union,” Jo Immig, an environmental scientist and spokesperson for the National Toxins Network said.
“The APVMA has reviewed in detail scientific studies that suggest possible links between Atrazine and gastroschisis and Atrazine and Hermaphrodism in frogs. While the studies are interesting, they do not satisfy internationally accepted standards of scientific rigour relevance and reliability, which regulators rely upon to make decisions,” the APVMA said in a statement.
“In gastroschisis if there was a pesticide link then the link would probably include some difference between rural mothers with a rural postcode and rural addresses versus metropolitan mothers,” he said.