By Kim Stagliano
Managing Editor's Note: I just learned that today, 12/27 is Hannah's 10th birthday. Happy Birthday, Hannah. And we're having some difficulties with commenting today - perhaps due to end of year maintenance at the blog company. My apologies.
Age of Autism honors the beautiful Miss Hannah Poling as our 2008 Child of the Year.
From CNN last Spring, ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- The parents of a 9-year-old girl with autism said Thursday that their assertion that her illness was caused by childhood vaccines has been vindicated by the federal government's decision to compensate them.
"We are very pleased with the government's decision," Hannah Poling's father, Dr. Jon Poling, a neurologist in private practice in Athens, Georgia, told reporters Thursday. "It has been eight difficult and heartbreaking years since our daughter's injury."
A federal program intended to compensate victims of injuries caused by vaccines concluded last November that Hannah Poling's underlying illness that had predisposed her to symptoms of autism was "significantly aggravated" by the vaccinations she received as a toddler and that her family should therefore be compensated.
Hannah and her parents, Dr. Jon Poling (a neurologist) and Terry Poling (a nurse and attorney) have worked tirelessly not only to help Hannah, who is profoundly affected by her autism, but to make sure that mitochondrial dysfunction receives adequate attention so that more children are not vaccine injured. Read more about Hannah here:
Dan Olmsted on the Poling Case.