Jenny McCarthy Slams Reports That Her Son Evan Doesn't Have Autism

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Jenny McCarthy and son EvanWhen it comes to controversial celebrity anti-vaccination advocates, Jenny McCarthy takes the cake. The mother to 11-year-old Evan has been extremely vocal in the past about her belief that shots caused her son to suffer from autism. Reports came out yesterday that Evan -- who doesn't show any signs of autism today -- may have actually suffered from an entirely different illness. And Jenny is slamming these rumors. In fact, she's pissed.

A new article in Time Magazine, which McCarthy says was actually published in 2010, suggests that Evan actually suffers from Landau-Kleffner syndrome. Since Landau-Kleffner is so rare, it's often misdiagnosed as autism.

McCarthy took to Twitter yesterday to set the record straight about her son, saying that he was not only diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital, but was also confirmed by the state of California.

But just you wait until you hear what else she had to say:

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McCarthy slammed Time, saying that:

Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder.

Get 'em, Jenny. Can you blame her for getting riled up? When you have a child that's diagnosed with anything, whether it the autism spectrum or something else, it's never easy. Dealing with these diseases is a hard, long process for all involved trying to figure out exactly what's going on with your child when doctors and other physicians may not have all of the answers. I can only imagine how it feels to be McCarthy, having someone doubt everything she's been through.

McCarthy vows to take every legal measure necessary to set this straight.

How would you feel if you were Jenny?

 

Image via jennyannmccarthy/Instagram

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Rando... Randomlady

She should be happy that her child has that other disease instead of autism, he is fine now but if he actually had autism every single aspect of her life would be different. With all these other things being called autism it makes it much harder for those who suffer from it to actually get help. Also, unless she is a doctor with an honest to goodness degree and knowledge of what does what I don't think she should be advocating for everyone else to follow in her footsteps.

abra819 abra819

Agree with Random. These are children's lives. Parent's (stupidly) listen to her. How many children are unvaccinated, opened to disease. Space out your Vaccs if your so worried (rightfully so, we're parents, that's what we do)  about it.

Todd Vrancic

I would tend to trust the doctors who actually examined the child.  The experts interviewed by Time Magazine could not have examined him.

nonmember avatar Reh2002

I think the only thing that is hurting her is her pride, and the fear that she'll lose face.

k8edid k8edid

The problem with Autism is that there's no definite diagnosis. It's checking certain characteristics and if a number of them match up, it's LIKELY your child is autistic. That's why so many are misdiagnosed. She should be protective of her kid, of course, but she should also look into what other things might be affecting him.

Also, she's a dingbat about the vaccines. They don't cause Autism.

April... AprilJune

Of course I feel for her because I feel for anyone who has child who is not developing "normally" or who has an illness. On the other hand, she really opened herself up to scrutiny by first saying vaccinations caused her son's autism (no study has ever shown a link between the two- the ONE that did was completely falsified by the doctor running the study) and then by claiming his autism was cured. There is no cure for autism. Symptoms can be managed, but someone living with autism will always be living with it.


She has influence as a celebrity (why?!) and should be more careful about how she addresses these issues. Because of her (and others too), parents out there are afraid to get their children vaccinated, and that affects all of us, not just the children who aren't vaccinated.

Taryn Nystrom

Do any of you have a child with Autism? I do! I have two! First of all it's not a disease. Second the use of the word "normal" as far as these kids are concerned is a insult, since they develope differently not less. Third if you don't have kids on the spectrum and are not a specialized Dr. you have no idea what you are talking about and probably haven't read a single one of her books. She speaks from her life, and shows what options she tried and what are out there for us. She NEVER said do not get your kids vaccinated. Back off Jenny for paving the way for parents of kids with Autism!

nonmember avatar joeson

Autism part aside, and it would be simply awesome if her son does not have it - I find this more than a little ironic. Considering her ridiculous and ignorant stance on vaccinations, is it not more than a little ironic that her son that she showed to the world as the poster child for why NOT to get vaccinations now shows no signs of what the vaccinations supposedly caused. Jenny McCarthy has done more to hurt the human race with her bully pulpit stance on vaccinations than any serial killer, and the victims (children) are just as innocent.

April... AprilJune

Taryn- when I said normal, I did not mean to offend. I agree they do not develop less, just differently. Children with autism (and other disorders, illnesses, etc.) don't hit milestones at the same time as children without autism are expected to- and that is all I meant.


She may have never stated: "Do not get your children vaccinated" but she has certainly contributed to a culture of fear that surrounds childhood vaccinations and I do have a problem with that. Just because I don't have a child with autism doesn't mean I can't have an opinion on that.


As a parent of children with autism- does it bother you that she has claimed her son's autism is cured?

Taryn Nystrom

My children were developing fine until they had been vaccinated, I still get them done because of the many other illnesses they could be introduced too but if that wasn't a concern I wouldn't do it at all. I wasn't attacking you for your comment about normal just showing how that word is viewed.


You are allowed an opinion on everything but to speak about what you don't know seems foolish. I am overjoyed for her that he doesn't show symptoms anymore. It's heartbreaking to look at a child who can't speak, or many of the other symptoms of autism. I would love to find something that works so well for my girls! Many other parents don't vaccinate for many reasons. She fought for awareness when we had no voice, she spoke about many things beyond vaccinations.


She is far from a bully. We, the parents of kids on the spectrum take them to therapy 5days a week and work at home and try things we can't really afford in the small hope that it will help them integrate into the mainstream world.

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