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Campaign over foetal drink damage

Tracey Hayter
Tracey Hayter wants other women not to drink while pregnant

A Kent mother whose son was born with brain damage after she drank alcohol while pregnant has joined a campaign to raise awareness of the issue.

Tracey Hayter, of Tonbridge, was among dozens of parents staging a "pregnant pause" at London's Victoria Station.

Campaigners "froze" for nine minutes at 0909 BST on the ninth day of the ninth month of 2009, to promote an alcohol-free, nine-month pregnancy.

The National Organisation on Alcohol Fetal Syndrome (Nofas) ran the event.

'Struggling with life'

Ms Hayter said her son was born with brain damage after her binge-drinking while pregnant.

She said: "He was diagnosed with foetal alcohol syndrome when he was 20. When he was aged 17, he was really struggling with his life.

"He just couldn't get his act together basically, and that's when I started to suspect that maybe the alcohol had had something to do with it."

She said her son displayed aggressive behaviour from an early age and was excluded from school at the age of 12.

Ms Hayter is now helping to raise awareness of the dangers, by backing Nofas.

Nofas said the campaign was to tell the world that women only need to pause from drinking alcohol for nine months in pregnancy to ensure that their babies will be born without alcohol-related brain damage.


Tracey Hayter said campaigners stopped what they were doing for nine minutes

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