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Calliham v. Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services
1991 WL 214067 (United States Court of Claims)

This was a lawsuit about a child with organic brain damage. Part of his brain, the corpus callosum, was far smaller than it should be, a condition known as agenesis of the corpus callosum. The child was in the custody of her grandmother. The grandmother asserted that the condition had been caused by the child's DPT vaccination; if that were the cause, the federal government would be liable for the child's injuries.

The Department of Health and Human Services argued that the condition was "probably caused by fetal alcohol exposure." Footnote 5. The mother was a known alcoholic. The case is significant because the government recognized that FAS can cause injury to the corpus callosum.

The court did not decide what had caused the condition.

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