Our son had MMR shot ...
then the lights went out
... Sarah and
Richard read campaigning Sun
dad Richard Miles told last night how his son became a different child
after having the MMR inoculation.
On December 5 1989 Robert had the jab. After that, it seemed the lights
just went out. He was in a world of his own.
then 14-months-old, had just started to speak. He stopped talking and
began bumping into things. He became so unhappy he would repeatedly bang
was four he was diagnosed with autism and a type of bowel disease.
Dad-of-three Richard, 46, from Hammersmith, West London, said: Before
his vaccine, Robert was perfectly healthy and very alert.
antiques dealer recalled: We noticed a big change in him when we went to
stay with my parents-in-law in Jersey that Christmas.
walking became really unsteady and he kept bumping into furniture.
Robert ... had jab
also very drowsy and would nod off at a moments notice.
time we came back to London he had stopped talking. We took him to our
GP, but like thousands of others our doctor had not yet come across this
form of autism, so he couldnt detect what was wrong.
It was a
difficult time Robert became very difficult to manage. He seemed very
unhappy with the world.
and friends thought he was a naughty child and that we were responsible
as his parents.
story will be familiar to the hundreds of other parents who claim their
children also developed autism after immunisation.
symptoms of the life-long disorder are difficulty in communicating or
interacting socially, speech problems, an inability to look people in the
eye, being withdrawn and self-absorbed.
sufferers do not understand facial expressions or gestures and have a
limited imagination. There are 518,000 sufferers in the UK.
said Roberts condition was known as secondary autism. He added: The
paediatrician had never come across it before, but then had eight cases
at the same time.
Robert is much improved thanks to a specialist school, a controlled
diet and drug treatment at the Royal Free hospital, North West London.
and wife Sarah, 45, are among 1,600 families suing vaccine manufacturers
for compensation. The companies deny any link.
can't risk it again
Dilemma ... Kay
with Emily and Jake
By JOHN COLES
Kay McDonagh is hoping to find the cash to give her second child single
vaccinations because her first developed autism after the triple jab.
was 13 months old when he was given the MMR injection in March 1998.
Within days Kay and husband Michael saw a decline in his abilities.
want three-year-old daughter Emily to be inoculated yet the nearest
doctor giving single jabs is 50 miles away.
would cost around £180, plus another £100 in travelling costs.
from Tredegar, Gwent, admitted they would struggle to find the money from
Michaels modest income as an upholsterer.
Its a scandal we cant have individual jabs locally.
lot to pay but well have to find the money somewhere.
added: Jake had been a normal little boy. But a couple of weeks after
the jab he stopped speaking and started running round in circles and not
making eye contact. He went gradually downhill from there.
We saw a
TV programme about autism some months later and instantly knew he had
Michael, 33, took Jake to a paediatrician who confirmed their fears. Kay
said: We were devastated. Our lives were turned upside down.
have told Kay and Michael it is too early to say how badly Jake will be
At the moment hes not too bad. We can understand him. But no one can
tell us what the future holds.
was called for her MMR two years ago but I refused. Nothings been said
know which way to turn. Emily badly needs her jab, but we wouldnt let
her have the triple jab if it was the last thing in the world.