Bailey Banks was given an MMR vaccination when he was 2-years-old which led to him having a seizure and getting a swelling of the brain and autism.
His family filed a petition for compensation under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 with the court, who agreed that his MMR vaccine did indeed lead to autism. Why haven’t the mainstream media reported on this?
According to his official medical record, Bailey had normal childhood development before receiving the vaccination and had no health issues. Sixteen days after his vaccination he had a seizure and was taken to the emergency room, where he had an MRI scan and neurological examinations in the next few days. According to his radiologist Dr. Bret Sleight, the MRI showed that his brain was “most consistent with a demyelinating process of immune etiology such as may be seen with ADEM or perhaps post-vaccination.”
A Demyelinating process is a condition that damages the protective shield of the nerves and leads to a variety of neurological problems. A Neurologist Dr. Frank Berenson noticed that Bailey had global developmental delays: speech problems, difficulties interacting, and poor eye contact. He also noted that the child walked “somewhat puppet-like.”
Did an MMR Vaccine Cause Bailey Banks to Have Autism?
Bailey’s doctors seemed to disagree as to how to classify Bailey’s condition. His pediatrician originally called it autism, but later said that the term was used for non-medical people to make it easier to understand, and that he actually diagnosed Bailey with PDD instead. Neurologist Dr. Ivan Lopez stated he could not call it autism because the doctors could “find a specific reason for his condition and this is not just coming up with no reason.”
From his words he also would not call it autism because his condition affected more than one developmental skill area. “Bailey does not have autism because he has a reason for his deficits,” he concluded. He said his opinion had “a reasonable degree of medical certainty.” Another pediatrician said that Bailey did not have actual autism, but a global developmental delay with autistic features.
Dr. John MacDonald stated, “I think he falls into that autistic spectrum pervasive developmental disorder category, and that seems to be fairly consistent,” and added that the majority of people “use these terms somewhat interchangeably.”
“Bailey falls into the large group of children with autism/PDD in which by our current evidence-based medicine we rarely can make a specific diagnosis,” he said.
Did the Vaccine Cause Other Conditions?
Dr. Lopez stated that “ADEM most commonly occurs in 3 to 15 days following vaccinations….The onset may be abrupt with seizures or less explosive with residual behavioral abnormalities, dementia, or motor deficits….Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) generally reveals extensive abnormalities of white matter compatible with demyelination.” Bailey had a seizure 16 days after the vaccine and his MRI did show demyelination. It was also stated on record that there have been two previous cases where the Special Master found that the MMR vaccine had caused ADEM: Tufo v. Secretary of HHS, 2001 and Lodge v. Secretary of HHS, 1994.
The court concluded that “the vaccination at issue can cause ADEM, and…it did actually cause the ADEM (intense brain swelling).”