Dr. Libby Weaver has apologised profusely after she used a derogatory word in her latest book, which she has now recalled.
The best-selling Aussie author has issued an apology after, in her latest book What Am I Supposed To Eat?, she advised for pregnant women to consume folate as it could, “reduce the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, deformed limbs and mongolism”.
This term was used before the mid-1900s until it was deemed extremely offensive.
Libby, however, thought the word was still a medical term and has since released this apology.
“I have made a mistake that I am deeply sorry for. In my latest book, What am I Supposed to Eat? I used a word to describe Down Syndrome that I thought was a current medically used word.
“It has since been brought to my attention it is a word that is used in a derogatory way and I am very, very sorry to have caused anyone any distress through this error, particularly children with Down Syndrome and their families.
“We have begun the process of recalling the book from bookstores and warehouses to remove the reference and the word will not appear in any future publications.
“Please accept my deepest apology, I am so very sorry for any hurt this has caused.
Libby has arranged for all books to be recalled from stores, with reprints on the way.