Dr Perinpanayagam, who described himself on his notepaper as “Psychotherapist to the Home Office”, died in 1988. In 1977 he wrote to a medical journal to describe his experiments with tranquillisers on girls in an unnamed “secure home”.
Teresa said she believes he was trying out drugs to invent a way of treating problem children and make a name for himself. She said: “It is terrifying to think how many children’s lives his actions could now have affected.”
Walthamstow MP Neil Gerrard stood up in the Commons 14 years ago to attack the Church of England over the drug regime at Kendall House, which closed in 1986. Last night he said: “If the link between the drugs and these children’s conditions is proved, there must be an official investigation.”
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‘God knows how many there are’
Pill doc turned teens into zombies
In 1980, Dr Mahenthiran Perinpanayagam’s massive doses of drugs at Kendall House first came to light.
A television documentary quoted another doctor saying he thought one girl’s prescription must have been a misprint.
PS I know at least one then very young victim of their 1970’s valium overdosing accident or experiment ? Separate case from the victims in the childrens home above but makes you wonder if there was a wider program.
Scots orphans used in ‘military experiments’
HOLYROOD’S child abuse inquiry will hear claims that British military scientists conducted drug tests on orphans in Scottish mental hospitals.
The allegations centre on at least four institutions where thousands of children are said to have been experimented upon in conditions described as “like something out of Auschwitz”.
It is alleged that Porton Down, the top secret military facility in Wiltshire, was involved in trialling drugs for use in the Cold War on youngsters who were regarded as “feeble-minded”.
One survivor told this newspaper he has obtained written and video evidence that he will pass to the public inquiry into historical abuse of children in care when it begins next year.
The man, now in his 50s, has been advised by lawyers to conceal his identity for his own safety until his full submission can be lodged at the inquiry announced by Scottish Education Secretary Angela Constance.
However, he was willing to divulge some of his intended testimony about the treatment he and others suffered.
He said: “Six and seven year olds were tied to racks and given electric shocks.
“I was incarcerated with orderlies armed with rubber coshes.
“We were imprisoned, experimented upon, lobotomies, you name it, they did it.
“I was there, I saw it with my own eyes.
Other Porton Down experiments included spraying bacteria over the south coast of England and dropping cancer-causing particles from planes.
And Gruinard Island in Wester Ross had to be sealed off for almost 50 years after it was contaminated with anthrax during the Second World War.
Porton Down is the home of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, an agency of the Ministry of Defence.
Hundreds of teenage girls who were drugged at care homes in the 1970s may have given birth to children with birth defects.
The Church of England is facing calls for an inquiry after it emerged that youngsters given a cocktail of dangerous drugs at one of its care homes later gave birth to disabled children.
Experts now believe hundreds of young girls heavily sedated in UK care homes during the 1970s and 1980s may be at risk of having children with genetic defects due to the drugs they were given.
Files seen by Radio 4’s Today Programme show that during the 32 months Miss Cooper was at the home, she was given medication at least 1,248 times, including three major tranquilisers and anti-depressants.
She was also given up to ten times the recommended dose of Valium.
Reports show Miss Cooper had no mental illness.
She claims girls were restrained and made to undergo chemotherapy, despite not having cancer.
Children were also allegedly subjected to sexual, physical and psychological abuse at the home, which closed in 1986 following concerns about the drugs prescribed.
Nine other former residents of Kendall House who were similarly drugged, have told how their children born decades later suffer from defects including hydrocephalus, heart and joint problems and neurofibromatosis – small tumours on the nerve endings – as well as dyslexia and learning difficulties.
The doctor who prescribed the drugs, Dr Marenthiran Perinpanayagam wrote to a medical journal describing his experiments with tranquilisers on girls in 1977 but the location of the experiments was not mentioned.
Dr Perinpanayagam died in 1988.