With permission Age of Autism reproduces an edited letter by Christine MacVicar describing the continued persecution of her 53 year-old son by the psychiatric system in Scotland. This outrageous case comes at time when Scotland's politicians are in further danger of entrenching autism as a mental illness through misconceived legislation. Andrew’s case acquired public notoriety three years ago when Christine and Andrew temporarily removed to Spain.
My son is Sectioned again, as a direct result of being forced to take Risperidal .
You will remember that we absconded to Spain while Andrew was under a Community Treatment order. While in Spain, still on Risperidal, Andrew got ill again. It is characterised by really odd behaviour, moving things and very smelly urine. The doc in Spain had this analysed and Andrew had acidosis. We already knew this perhaps ten years ago after Ken Aitken suggested we test it. GP then would do nothing and, even when he has the classic Kaussmaul's breathing, he is refused care now.
In January 2014 we had Andrew at the Breakspear Hospital to see Prof Puri. The minute he saw the gasping, he had him on an ECG. The trace is suggestive of a pulmonary blockage. They were going to do bicarbonate IV, but had none in stock.
The letter to the GP from the Prof, states that Andrew would need this intervention in an emergency and gave a Diagnosis of mitochondrial dysfunction, acidosis, detoxification deficit as described by Dr Lathe and Prof St Clair and underlying infection, possibly bacterial.
This has been completely ignored in contravention of our Patient's charter and even after the instructions, he was again refused emergency treatment for the acidosis. He does not have diabetes, so this must be metabolic.