): Doctors in the Iraqi city of
The city witnessed fierce fighting in 2004 as
Now, the level of heart defects among newborn babies is said to be 13 times higher than in
British-based Iraqi researcher Malik Hamdan told the BBC's World Today programme that doctors in Fallujah were witnessing a "massive unprecedented number" of heart defects, and an increase in the number of nervous system defects.
She said that one doctor in the city had compared data about birth defects from before 2003 - when she saw about one case every two months - with the situation now, when, she saw cases every day.