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Disabled CA Boy's Testimony to SB277 Lawmakers: "I Love Going To School. Please Don't Take That Away From Me."

Otto CA Denied TestimonyHi All,
I met Josh Coleman at the first screening of "Trace Amounts" that I co-hosted in Sacramento a few months ago.  He and another dad had been unable to secure tickets, as it sold out, but decided to trek to Sacramento in hopes of seeing the movie anyway...they did :)
Josh has been involved in fighting SB277 from the beginning, and soon into the fight, I learned that he is a skilled and talented videographer.  He is the one who has shot much of the footage I have sent to you in the past few months, including a few shorts of his own that he has made, such as "How do Californians Really Feel about SB277?" and "Pan's Lies."
Knowing the importance of educating the legislators about the stark and not-rare reality of vaccine injury, I asked Josh if he would be willing to testify before the Assembly Health Committee with his vaccine-injured (and absolutely adorable!) son, Otto, age 6.  He agreed without hesitation, wanting to do all he could to help defeat this bill.  
He and I worked hard on his testimony, and we were both extremely disappointed (I was extremely angered) when he was somehow bumped off of the witness list, and many of us are still trying to figure out how that happened and who is responsible for that terrible move.
I asked his permission to share his testimony publicly, and he granted it.  Please read and share this testimony that should have been shared yesterday, but wasn't.  I think you'll agree, it would have been very powerful.  Sweet Otto sat quietly and politely for hours with his dad yesterday, in hopes of giving his testimony at the very end.  Sadly, it was not to be.
Laura Hayes

Hi, my name is Joshua Coleman and this is my son Otto.  Otto was born a healthy little boy and was on target at every wellness check we had with our pediatrician.  We got him all the recommended vaccines on schedule.  Then, when Otto was 17 months old, he received four shots containing six different vaccines.  At that time, he was walking, running, and climbing, just like his same-aged peers.  One morning, not long after those 6 vaccinations, I entered his room and Otto was in major distress because he couldn't stand up.  We immediately took him to the E.R.  Over the next few days, Otto endured a painful spinal tap, a brain scan, and an M.R.I. It was discovered that Otto had an autoimmune reaction called Transverse Myelitis.  It was explained to my wife and me that his immune system had gotten confused and had started attacking his own spinal cord causing severe damage.

We asked why this had happened, and the doctor said it was most likely a reaction to either a vaccination or an airborne virus, the latter being rejected since he'd had no signs of illness.  The doctor then slammed the door shut on further discussion of how our healthy son went from walking to being paralyzed.  There was no investigation to specifically determine what had caused our child to go from walking and running into a wheelchair for the rest of his life.  At a later date, we took our son to Johns Hopkins for further testing.  There, doctors investigated every possible reason why our son might have become paralyzed from Transverse Myelitis, every possible reason except for vaccines.  This made no sense then, and it makes no sense now, as every doctor that Otto saw at four different hospitals mentioned that the vaccines he received in close proximity to his paralysis were the most likely culprit.  
As Otto's parents, we relive the moments before our son became paralyzed, trying to determine where things went wrong.  We think back upon the fact that we received absolutely no informed consent regarding what was done to our 21-lb. son that day in the doctor's office at his 17-month check-up. Our pediatrician did not inquire as to our family's health history.  Our pediatrician did not ask if Otto, my wife, or I were allergic to any of the ingredients in the multiple vaccines he would be receiving.  He did not review each and every package insert with us, including contraindications, possible side effects, and warning signs to be on the lookout for that would require immediate medical attention, as is done at the pharmacy when any other prescription medication is given, with the exception of vaccines.  Not only did he not review them with us, he did not even show them to us so that we could review them ourselves!  He also neglected to mention that not one vaccine ever been tested using the scientific gold standard, that of a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.  Rather, vaccines are tested against other vaccines, combinations of vaccines, or adjuvants, the ingredients which wreak much of the havoc to begin with. To add to our shock and horror, multiple vaccines given at one time have never been studied, either, despite being administered in random, multiple combinations day in and day out to millions of children!

Not even one doctor thought to call the FDA, CDC, CHPH, or HHS after our son's vaccine injury.  Not one doctor filed the appropriate and required report to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) after his injury, as required by The National Childhood Vaccination Injury Act, a reporting requirement dating back to 1986.  Not one doctor of the many we saw told us about VAERS, their legal requirement to file a report, or our ability to file our own report.  Otto's blood was never sent to experts to be studied.  The vaccine lot numbers for the multiple vaccines he received were never reported to investigate the potential of a "hot lot" and to ensure this wasn't happening to other children receiving these same vaccines.  Think about how differently this would have been handled if Otto had gotten sick from a mad cow disease-tainted hamburger: calls would have been made immediately, reports filed, an investigation started, warnings would have been issued, and the media alerted.  When a vaccine injury or death occurs, none of that happens.  And as a result, here sits Otto in a wheelchair.
To add insult to injury, not one doctor had the decency and compassion to tell us about the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (the VICP).  By the time we heard about it, from other parents, it was too late for us to file a claim on Otto's behalf...the brief 3-year statute of limitations had expired.  Thus, we must survive on a single income due to the constant needs of a child with paralysis. The entire burden of supporting our family, as well as keeping up with Otto's immense hospital bills, falls on one person.  The 75-cent surtax we paid on every vaccine, a parent's only insurance policy when it comes to vaccine injury, was paid in futility...we have been denied access to filing a claim.
Tragically, nothing has been learned from Otto's case.  No other child will be spared from the permanent disability and suffering he now endures because nothing has been done to stop it from happening again...nothing.  Your child, or your grandchild, could be next.

Please try to imagine my extreme frustration, and the frustration of many others present today for this hearing, when we hear people in this room cavalierly spouting the lie that "vaccines are safe".  Please ask yourselves how vaccines can be extremely safe, as touted by Senators Pan and Allen, while at the same time being "unavoidably unsafe", in other words, inherently dangerous, as declared by the U.S. Supreme Court and  Congress?  It is not only admitted by government regulatory agencies and vaccine manufacturers that vaccines will harm and kill some, but it is becoming common knowledge due to the growing number of victims. This is the reason why Californians are showing up here in opposition at every hearing, vastly outnumbering the supporters 15 to 1.  Vaccine injury is indeed real, it is not rare, and parents want to be the ones to choose what risks to take with their own children.  (Time permitting, insert this here:  If vaccine injury is as rare as the bill's sponsors like to purport, 1 in a million, then there should be no more than 39 people here at the Capitol today, in a state of 39 million people, who are here representing themselves or a family member with vaccine injury.  Can I please ask for a show of hands...how many of you here today have a child who has been a victim of vaccine injury, or are a vaccine injury victim yourself?  That looks far in excess of 39 to me, and this is in just 1 room.)

Hopefully, you now understand why my wife and I cannot in good conscience ever allow another vaccine for Otto, or for his younger brother.  Since there was no investigation, we have no idea what vaccine ingredient, or combination of ingredients and vaccines, caused his paralysis.  We will not blindly sacrifice him again, or his brother, on the altar of vaccines, vaccines which we now know to be dangerous and improperly studied.  We would much rather have taken our chances with disease than with the multiple injections we now know enough about to know we want no more of them.  
Otto is currently one vaccination shy of being able to attend public school if this bill becomes law.  Unbelievably, he does not qualify for a medical exemption, and the PBE we currently have on file for him will become null and void.  If SB277 passes, he will no longer be allowed to attend public school.  And I repeat...my wife and I will not allow him to receive even one more vaccination.

Otto has paid the ultimate price and will never be the same again. The thanks to him you are proposing is to remove his right to a free public education.  Homeschooling is not the answer for us, financially or practically.
Are you going to vote today to take schooling away from him, too?

Otto would you like to say something?  

"I love going to school.  Please don't take that away from me."



I feel so sad for Otto and his caring, loving family. First, being severely vaccine injured, secondly not being acknowledged or compensated, thirdly, this hideous and frightening bill meaning that Otto (and other kids like him) have their rights to free education ripped out from them. It is just so wrong. It's evil.

Jino Medina

Awesome job man! I am so proud of you for all you do as a child self-advocate. I know what it is like to try so hard to get a message through to politicians who are "too busy" but never give up because I believe in you. Educate. Advocate. I roll with Otto.


Kayla Wildman

Josh and Otto, I got to hear you speak at the June 25 rally on the Capitol steps. Thank you very much for sharing your story!

It's outrageous that you weren't allowed to testify at the Assembly Health Committee hearing. Something that's been obvious throughout this whole SB277 process is that the proponents and all their followers are willfully ignorant and refuse to confront the many important issues raised by this bill. They seem to think they can get away with ignoring all the expert testimony against SB277, but it looks like they didn't think they could get away with ignoring a little boy and his dad.

Otto may not "qualify" for a medical exemption under the CDC guidelines, which are incredibly bad, but there are doctors who will give medical exemptions for children who don't qualify according to the guidelines. I know this from personal experience because my own child doesn't "qualify" but she has a medical exemption. I don't know where you live, but if you could travel to my area to see a doctor, I can give you the names of at least three doctors whom I believe would write a medical exemption for your son. Perhaps the Moderator of these comments could pass my email address on to you, and then you could email me?

In any case, best wishes to both of you and the rest of your family, too!


My daughter suffered leg paralysis within hours of her Kindergarten boosters, just before her 5th birthday. She did regain use of her legs, but the doctor who treated her (and who immediately told us that her vaccinations were what caused the paralysis), said we were "very lucky she was not left permanently paralyzed in both legs".

That was in 1997. My daughter had pain and problems in her legs for years afterward.

We were not told about NVIC, either. And that doctor also didn't report my daughter's vaccine injury to VAERS.


So grateful for your brave story. I am deeply saddened that we are unwilling as a society to work hard to test, improve, and find answers... We continue to pretend that what we are doing today is the same as what we did 30-40 years ago...Thank you fir pointing this out. .. We are multiple dosing and adding more and more shots that aren't even about public safety... all without testing. Your story needs to be heard.


Thank you Otto. I wish I could have heard you and your father speak.

Sir Padre

California legislators wouldn't listen to Otto because they had already received their 30 pieces of silver.

Judas hanged himself in remorse; they don't have any........


Fight on!


I hope this gets posted for Otto and his parents as my messages never seem to show up??

www.IAHP.org The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential

We patterned our daughter the way they taught us (body movement, reading, lots of things) and she got well from autism. There is a good chance that Otto could walk and run again if he and his parents find out about this. They are in Philadelphia and I believe meet with people in different areas of the country too. It was wonderful for us.

Please let this get posted. They can email me too!

Theresa Cedillo

Thank you to this brave family for sharing their painful,tragic story.

Christy Thibodeaux

I unfortunately was unable to attend on Tuesday. Otto is a wonderful little boy and it is a shame that Josh and Otto weren't allowed to speak. Otto is a perfect representative for the cause!


Tony Muhammad at Rally Against CA SB277 6/9/2015
Watch this stunning, inspirational speech by Tony Muhammad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgr3NAhXl88&feature=youtu.be
From speech:

This heinous bill has now come to the attention of the black community...

This fight is a universal fight. This fight is a fight from God down...

...Could this be a bill to destroy our boy babies? And I'm letting you know that the black community, we are not going to stand by and let another Tuskegee experiment happen again.

...You will not vaccinate our children in the name of the pharma companies!

-African-American community rages against SB277 and the Tuskegee-like crimes of mandatory vaccines that destroy black babies' lives: http://www.naturalnews.com/050038_SB277_vaccine_mandate_Tuskegee_medical_experiments_African-Americans.html

elaine wallace

Otto it's unfair, unjust, immoral and awful. "It" being legislators taking over our society. You are a resilient brave lovely boy and it cant continue that we let these people do this any more.
Everyone waken up!!! See the change is YOU, ME and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US. Take no more crap and LISTEN to our kids and don't let them down by mindlessly accepting everything we're told. WAKE UP NOW.

Adrienne O.

Otto and his family may be ignored by the state and others who are willfully ignorant, but they are not ignored by those who fight for freedom. Your story and stories like it have touched my life. I thank all the brave victims and their families for sharing. You all have made it possible for me, and those like me, to learn the truth before injecting this poison into tiny little bodies. Thank you for your sacrifices and the story you share Otto. You are a handsome boy with a great spirit and it is felt by many.

Someone who cares

Perhaps Otto and his father should go and visit the Governor and deliver their message in person. Or, they could video tape their message and send it to the Governor, along with a letter, indicating that they were not permitted to speak before the Assembly.

What a very powerful and important statement. It needs to be heard. All the best to adorable Otto.

Heather a

Funny how they had no problem fitting in the testimony of the boy with leukemia for the proponents. Yet this poor boy does not get his opportunity. This is another disgusting example of how vaccine injured people are ignored as second class citizens. Many blessings to Otto and his family.

Jeanette Forlano Slaw

Thank you Josh and Otto for telling us your extremely touching and heartbreaking story; and thank you, Laura, for sharing it here. It is unfortunate and somewhat disturbing that this testimony was not permitted at the SB277 hearing. I understand time limitations; but I'm beginning to hear that more than time limitations may have played a part in the witness selection process; and that is even more disturbing. I will share Josh and Otto's story via Vaccine Choice Prayer Community at www.vaccinechoiceprayercommunity.org and I will keep Josh, Otto and family in my prayers. God bless and take care . . .

go Rand

...Sweet Otto sat quietly and politely for hours with his dad yesterday, in hopes of giving his testimony at the very end. Sadly, it was not to be. ...Sadly Otto was not allowed to go to the "front of the room" where all the "experts" were located.

Otto will be very well known in all 50 states starting TODAY.

I would suppose Dr. Pan will be camping out at Otto's school and want to inject him with whatever in the fall...

Jeannette Bishop

Thank you, Josh and Otto, for making a major effort to show our legislators how vaccine injury is acknowledged, but not really acknowledged, and how so little is done to reverse and prevent it, transferring all the risk and all the cost to the vaccinated and their families. That this practice transferred into the legislative chambers...I shouldn't be surprised...but I'm so angry!

Thank you, also, for the many important videos you've compiled here so we can share what it going on:


"Richard Pan's Lies on SB277"

"How do Californians feel about SB277?"


It sickens me that he wasn't allowed to testify, obviously because of the powerful message and evidence that vaccines can cause irreparable damage. This is infuriating. My best wishes and thanks to Otto and his parents.


My heart is breaking for Otto

Laura Hayes

Hi Beth,

Here are the links you requested :)

Pan's Lies: https://youtu.be/caiCn57RNFc

How Do Californians Feel About SB277? https://youtu.be/SjZPoPaOk0s

Julie Matthews Nourishing Hope

Shame on lawmakers for ignoring this young boy - I suppose his "inconvenient truth" of being PARALYZED from VACCINES was too much for lawmakers to handle. I saw this sweet boy waiting for hours at the California assembly hearing to have his voice heard. How dare they turn their back on him?! WHEN THERE'S RISK, THEIR MUST BE PARENTAL CHOICE! Thanks for sharing his important story.

Robin V

What a shame Josh and Otto were not allowed to share their story with the California legislators, who sorely need to hear more like this to truly understand that vaccine injury is real and NOT rare. Thank you for ensuring that they reach a wider audience.


Otto is an AWESOME boy with an unstopable spirit. He will go far in this world. But it is obscene that as a society, we turn our backs on what he has suffered through, and the challanges he continues to face, because of the arrogant adherence to a dogma of unquestioning vaccine worship.

My sincere thanks to the Coleman Family for sharing their story.

David Taylor

This is one of the most powerful parent testimonies I've ever read. It perfectly encapsulates the needless suffering and the arrogant ignorance that caused it. My heartfelt blessings to this brave and loving family. And to Otto--you are an inspiration. Your brave struggle will inspire so many others to make sure what happened to you doesn't happen to more children.

beth johnson

Laura, can you post links to "How do Californians really feel" and "Pan's Lies"?


Hear hear!! Thank you Joshua for sharing your testimony here. I hope it is spread far and wide as your thoughts are 100% spot on with mine as another parent on the other side of the country who's child experienced an immediate, and long-lasting neurological adverse effect to a round of baby shots.

Sophie Scholl

Three cheers for Otto Coleman .
A true "BraveHeart" if ever there was one .

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