MIAMI (CBS4) ― A radical move in the world of medicine is advising pediatricians across the country to screen every child at age 18 months and 2 years old for signs of autism.
The greatest of medical detectives, the most loving of parents and the most genius of scientists can’t seem to unravel the world of autism and the mystery of what may cause it. Now growing numbers of parents and doctors are declaring war to help find answers for the millions not yet touched by it.
As we searched for answers, we met some young warriors in the fight to defy science and stereotypes; students of Miami’s pioneering Victory School. Some of their parents share the nightmare Rick Blackburn lives. His son showed common symptoms of the onset of autism within days of getting vaccinated and was near death at only 18 months.
“We immediately took him to the emergency room and they couldn’t do anything about the high fever, listlessness and the vomiting so they admitted him. Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him and they were warning us that he may perish. That he was not going to make it,” said Blackburn.