Cork home accused of conducting illegal tests

An Irish-American woman has claimed that she was used as a human guinea pig at a mother-and-baby home in Cork in the 1960s.

An Irish-American woman has claimed that she was used as a human guinea pig at a mother-and-baby home in Cork in the 1960s.

Mary Steed, who was born in the Bessboro Home in 1961 and adopted by an American family the following year, said she has documents which prove she was used in a vaccine experiment without her mother's consent.

Ms Steed was reunited with her birth mother after returning to Ireland last week.

She has since lodged a complaint with the Lafoy Commission, which was set up to investigate child abuse in Irish institutions.

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