Rosemarie - The Half Woman - Documentary: Sunday 2 September



Rosemarie Siggins looks after her young son, her schizophrenic father with Alzheimer’s and her mentally disabled brother. She also has a passion for fast cars, and in her spare time fixes up a Mustang ready for the racetrack. On top of all this Rose has another problem – she only has half a body. She was born with a rare condition, Sacral Agenesis that means she is missing her sacrum and 4 lower vertebrae. The film tells the story of Rose’s life – how her parents made the decision to have her deformed legs amputated when she was just two years old so that she would not rely on a wheelchair, to give her the freedom to walk on her hands, or use a skateboard.

Rose has gone on to live a normal life; she is married and after a difficult and risky pregnancy gave birth to a son. No-one else with Sacral Agenesis has ever given birth. After the death of her mother Rose has become the main caregiver for all the family. She also has to cope with her brother’s violent outbursts, and her father’s mental deterioration while attending to the needs of her son. She guides them, feeds them and supports them – and still manages gets the Mustang ready for the racetrack.

ROSEMARIE – THE HALF WOMAN, Sunday 2nd September at 8.30pm

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  • did she put her body back together?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????