Rita's grandson, Lane
Rita's grandson, Lane
This is one of those sudden and scary autism stories you sometimes hear about that makes you ask, "How could vaccines NOT be a cause of autism?"
Lane was a regular 19 month old, talking in complete sentences and developing normally in every way until the day he walked into the doctor's office and met a nurse armed with six booster shots.
Since that day the old Lane has completely disappeared.
Rita, (MamaRita on CafeMom) Lane's grandmother, shares the sad and eye-opening tale of her now 11-year-old grandson, who continues to endure severe effects from this mysterious condition.
How old was your grandson when you first suspected he might have autism?
Lane was 22 months when we knew for sure something bad had happened to him. He went from talking, counting, and reciting the entire alphabet to squatting in a corner flipping a stuffed animal, completely zoned out. He wouldn't laugh, talk, or communicate anymore. Then the meltdowns from hell begin. He was miserable in his own skin.
How did you react at hearing the diagnosis? Did your feelings change over time?
We were devastated. The Lane we knew was gone, replaced with a different child. There was nothing we didn't try to help him. Over the past nine years we have accepted what happened to Lane, but will never accept why it happened to him. To us, it was like a drunk driver came into the yard and hit him in the head changing the person he was forever. To us the drunk driver was a doctor or nurse with needles filled with poison.
What is his exact diagnosis?
He was diagnosed by Dr. Stephanie Cave, one of the top experts from Defeat Autism Now research institute. She told us: "Lane has vaccine poisoning, causing him to have mercury poisoning, an overload of toxic metal injected into him, too much too soon, and he would forever be labeled with autism." Mercury poisoning and autism mirror one another -- same symptoms, different reason.
What are three things you wish someone would have told you about autism that you had to learn on your own?
I wish we had had the information now that is out there about what really causes autism. There is no such thing as a genetic epidemic, with 1 in 100 now diagnosed with autism, this is proof that something external is causing this. A true child with autism is born with it. Lane was totally typical, and then regression set in. He was injured.
What's been your greatest resource for information and support?
All of the awesome doctors, like Andrew Wakefield, Sherry Tenpenny, the list in endless. These people have given us a voice and a door with tons of info. Jenny McCarthy was our first real voice.
What's the most challenging part of dealing with a child with autism?
Everything. One of the worse things for Lane is his digestive tract. The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) shot caused the live measles virus to break out in his stomach. He lives with pica, an eating disorder where kids crave non-food items like dirt and rocks. It's a complete nightmare. He has no social skills, he is not mainstreamed in school, and we are still trying to teach him to read, write, etc.
Among the most challenging of all is getting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to admit what is going on. The feds love money way more than healthy children. Most all children that have been vaccinated have compromised immune systems that lead to constant ear infections and other illnesses.
Tell us something that makes your grandson special.
His lovable ways, the kisses and hugs, the intensity of love he shares with us, his beautiful smile. This list is also endless, We notice the little things, so small most parents wouldn't notice, but with autism spectrum disorder, you notice it all.
The debate around the cause(s) of autism is very heated right now. What do you think causes autism?
I have been researching nonstop for nine years now: Genetics and the environment loads the gun. Vaccines pull the trigger. Way too many, way too soon.
Talk with Rita and other moms and relatives of children with autism in the Parenting Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder group on CafeMom.