Josh Edwards: December 13, 1992 - June 20, 2020
Photos published with family permission.
We are gutted to write of the death of Josh Edwards. Josh suffered all of his life following injury from his MMR vaccination. From the healthy, bouncy baby boy you see, to the man who lost an eye to infection just this past January. But his soul remained pure and intact. Earlier today, Josh's soul left his ravaged body and is free.
Today, we honor his life and his sacrifice. Josh was one of the patients seen so many years ago by a young. British gastroenterologist who looked at Josh's condition and asked, "How? Why?" That Doctor was named Andrew. J. Wakefield. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and all affected by his death. The only thing worse than mourning your child once, must be mourning him... twice. Rest in Peace, Josh.
I am Josh. I was born on the day I was due, December 13, 1992 -
and a little bruiser I was, said the nurses. I was a robust 8 pounds
11 ounces, chunky and muscular. I breastfed well and thrived.
After 6 weeks, I went on the bottle. I was
such a happy baby, always smiling and very
content, says Mum. I played peek-a-boo
and pat-a-cake with Brother. Everybody
gave me cuddles and I gave them back.
I sat at 6 months old. I walked at 11 months old and weighed 25
pounds. I could say “Mama,”“Dada,”“ta” [thank you], “gone,”“juice,”
and “bye.” I love bath time! I splash and play with my brother and the bath toys.
I am a strapping lad! |
It’s January 1994; I’m 13 months old. Off to the
doctor for my MMR! Tonight I have a high fever.
I don’t feel so well in the morning, with severe
diarrhea leaking through my clothes and onto
my bedding. My stool is bright yellow, runny,
and then like oxtail soup. Can you imagine?
This went on for 5 days, and then I stopped “going” so
much . . . Mum says “constipated.” I used to poop
every day before the MMR, sometimes twice a day.
I’m so sorry, Mum, I don’t know what is
happening. I am miserable and upset.
Read more about "I AM JOSH" Here.