10 Jun '11, 11am

Decades ago, the US injected STDs into innocent Guatemalans in secret, cruel medical experiments

GUATEMALA CITY - Ms Marta Orellana (picture) says she was playing with friends at an orphanage when the summons sounded: "Orellana to the infirmary. Orellana to the infirmary". Waiting for the Guatemalan girl were several doctors she had never seen before. Tall men with fair complexions who spoke what she guessed was English, plus a Guatemalan doctor. They had syringes and little bottles. They ordered her to lie down and open her legs. Embarrassed, she locked her knees together and shook her head. The Guatemalan medic slapped her cheek and she began to cry. "I did what I was told," she recalled this week, seated in her ramshackle Guatemala City home. Today, the nine-year-old girl is a rheumy-eyed 74-year-old great-grandmother but the anguish of that moment endures. It was how it all began: The pain, the humiliation, the mystery. It was 1946 and orphans in Guatemala City - ...

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