Vaccine made my son autistic
(Daily Mail, Jan 22, 2000)

SAM Parry, now ten, had the MMR vaccine when he was 14 months old.

His mother Catie is convinced he was damaged by it and has begun legal action against the manufacturers.

Sam is one of the 170 children identified by Dr Wakefield as having autism and bowel disease.

He developed a fever after having the vaccination and was weak, listless and miserable for a couple of weeks said 37-year old Mrs Parry, a teacher from Port Talbot, West Glamorgan. ‘He then seemed to be fit, although he was very quiet. ‘We wondered if his hearing had been affected because he was just not responding to us in the way that he had before. ‘Sam just stopped speaking, and it soon became clear then was something seriously wrong.’

Her son also developed a painful bowel condition which often left him so constipated he was unable to walk. Over the next few years he was referred to brain specialists and language therapists in an attempt to find out what was wrong with him. Eventually he was diagnosed as autistic and referred to Dr Wakefield. ‘I’m absolutely certain the MMR vaccination was the cause, added Mrs Parry.

‘I’d been nagged by my health visitor to get the vaccination done. I just wish I had been better informed Sam, who attends a special school for the autistic in Swansea, now has to have a special wheat and dairy-free diet to help ease his symptoms. Mrs Parry and her husband Kelvin, 38, a policeman, believe single vaccines must be made available ‘so that people have choice’.

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