Readers of Age of Autism have followed this tragic story since Harry’s death two and a half years ago. Now his parents, Jennifer (Jennie) Horne-Robert and Keith Roberts, have published a second e-book documenting his life and tragic death . Frustratingly, the long prepared inquest recorded but failed to acknowledge the terrible consequences of the inappropriately prescribed medication – notably the sixty year-old anti-psychotic drug chlorpromazine - which was administered behind the backs of Keith and Jennie, and which was known to induce weight-gain.
Many issues remain officially unaddressed: the coroner himself chose to highlight the lack of an exercise regime, but did not ask how such a drug came to be prescribed to a young man who already had weight problems, whether it was a remotely appropriate prescription for someone on the autistic spectrum and the failure of professionals to communicate with the parents. It is evident also that given Harry’s weight an exercise regime might in itself have been highly problematic. The book chronicles and documents these appalling events in detail, leaving disturbing questions about the functions of the British state, and the future of our children.
Jennie and Keith’s earlier book ‘Harry’s Story’ can also be read on-line . See also ‘Remembering Harry: The Life and Pharmaceutical Death of Young Artist’ .