Michelle Cedillo was our Child of the Year in 2007. Precious little has changed since that time for her or those who have followed in her footsteps. Read more HERE. Below is a letter to Chairman Issa from her Mother.
By Theresa Cedillo
It was with great disappointment that I learned of congressional hearings looking into the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program being delayed by Chairman Issa. I am even more disappointed to say that this news does not come as a surprise.
The “others” are reluctant? That’s one of the reasons to delay? Why not subpoena them to appear? This hearing and a congressional investigation into the program, the Omnibus Autism Proceedings and the Department of Justice are long overdue.
As a parent of a severely vaccine injured child, who was the first test case in history in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings in 2007, I speak from personal experience. Justice was not served in Michelle’s hearing in 2007. She was used as a pawn in the ugly game of pretend that was orchestrated by the other side to shut down any further claims of vaccine injury and autism, belittle any experts who were willing to come forward on behalf of vaccine injured children and to further attack Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his research. It was a public show used to give an illusion of her “day in court”. She was used to deny.
Michelle is living proof of Dr. Wakefield’s theory of MMR/autism/chronic illness via vaccine injury. Michelle regressed profoundly following administration of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination. She has tested positive for the vaccine strain measles virus RNA in her intestinal biopsies. She has been diagnosed by pediatric specialists at top medical facilities on the West Coast with severe autism, severe static encephalopathy, a life threatening intractable seizure disorder, Crohn’s disease, stage III liver disease, arthritis, spondyloarthritis, gastro esophageal reflux disease, an oral aversion, osteopenia, bi-lateral foot deformities from arthritis, a 2 inch leg length discrepancy, and she is legally blind. She has tested positive for mitochondrial dysfunction. She has a feeding tube. She does not talk. Michelle requires 24 hour care and assistance with all daily living skills. Her life has been ruined and irreversibly changed by her vaccinations.
The same court that made a mockery of claims of autism following vaccination and denied the thousands of autism claims in the Omnibus, has awarded others outside of the Omnibus who have brain injury resulting in autism. The 1322 Project found 83 confirmed awards where the injured also has autism. Just recently, a child was awarded for brain injury (resulting in autism) following the MMR. Why should Michelle and the other claimants be punished for using the “A” word? Does this come down to semantics?
Discussions of filing complaints for fraud with the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility have taken place amongst the lawyers and petitioners directly involved in the process.
Chairman Issa must realize, it’s not just Michelle. There are thousands more just like her. They, like her, deserve at the very least, justice. Isn’t it wrong enough that they’ve suffered the injury? Why must justice be denied as well? These are lives, not numbers. These are babies, toddlers, children, young adults, adults. They are not coincidences. We make up parents and families from all walks of life. We have documented our children’s regression, illnesses and for some, death, following vaccination. It’s devastating to experience your child being injured. To be left with no recourse and no justice is unacceptable.
Michelle before 15 months of age was a healthy and happy baby. She was perfect. Her life following the MMR at 15 months is now chronicled in hospital stays, procedures, therapy and doctor appointments. She is a very sick young adult now. She suffers greatly every day. It’s unthinkable how much she has lost. Her life today is unimaginable. Chairman Issa, I implore you, call for hearings and an investigation into this program. Look at why an entire generation of children are being made ill. This is NOT a coincidence. Don’t turn your back on our children like so many others. Don’t fall to the pressures of the drug companies. Stand up for what’s right. You will be remembered for your actions and those you helped, or didn’t help.