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LATEST UPDATE: HANNAH & HER FAMILY WILL BE ON LARRY KING LIVE TONIGHT!!!!!
Alison Young, for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reveals the "CHILD" from the "concession case." Her name is Hannah Poling, the 9 year-old lives in Georgia. The article states how this pretty little girl helped link autism to vaccines. No, that's not the case. Except for a few small mentions of mito, the article is mainly about autism and vaccines.
I have no doubt that after reading this article, thousands of parents will seek out a mito diagnosis for their child. I've said it before, but the testing for mito must be done by an expert in the field, it is also invasive and painful, and the cost factor is rather high. Parents may read this article, hear essentially that this girl has autism with a side of mito, not realizing what issues this child faces because of her mitochondrial disease. They'll see their own child in Hannah, and feel certain their kid has mito too. I shutter to think of how many autistic children will go through the testing, for no reason. If these parents seek out real experts, like Dr. Shoffner (who diagnosed Hannah), then I'm certain they will be turned away. He will only test if their is plenty of evidence that points to a mito or genetic disorder. But, I fear the parents who will go to any doc who wants to make a buck, put their child under, have them tested, and then receive unreliable results. This type of reporting is very irresponsible.
What's even more startling to me, is that her parents make no mention of mito. Granted, reporters have the final say in what they put into a piece. So, perhaps it was omitted. But, if it was me, speaking to a reporter about my child who had mito, that would be my main topic of discussion. I'd want to give as much information out about it, and discuss how it affects my child and her future. At this point, the family describes that Hannah has mild to moderate symptoms of autism, she can speak also (apparently her loss of speech was quite temporary). It's been written that she requires intervention these days for the issues related to symptoms of mitochondrial disease.
One key part that I read: following the vaccines that are "to blame" in this case, Hannah was unable to walk. She had high fever and crying. This was followed by inability to sleep. Three months later, signs of autism began to show. I look at the fact that she "refused" to walk (which could be muscle-related pain, from her mito disease) as a BIG point here. That points to mito much more clearly than it would to a PDD (with the exception, perhaps, of Rett Syndrome).
Awaiting more from all of this. I certainly would love a t.v. interview with Hannah and her parents. I am still waiting to hear how her health is and the affects of mito on this 9 year old girl.