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First Hand - Just Like Anyone Else

Television (Full Length) – 1992

Karen and Mark, who are both intellectually disabled, are expecting a child. In this episode from stripped back documentary series First Hand, the couple become a family when baby Terry arrives. Terry's birth means the usual support they receive from IHC must be ramped up, and a new caregiver steps in to help Karen and Mark cope with the 24/7 responsibilities of parenthood. It's a story full of hope and love, but no one close to the couple is under any illusions about the amount of support needed to successfully parent Terry.

If I can't have a child...it's really up to myself and my doctor, really. If he says I can have a baby then I should have that chance.
– Karen on her right to have a baby

Key Cast & Crew

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Paul Gittins


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Leanne Pooley

Director, Camera

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Richard Thomas


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Neil Newcombe

Production team - sound

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Francis Porterfield

Production Team

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Mark Cathie

Production Team

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