It’s been 10 years since Tariq Nadama died needlessly at the hands of a chelationist

10 Sep

Ten years ago Tariq Nadama died. He was autistic and his parents brought him from the UK to the US for IV chelation. The drug used depleted his system of calcium and, as a result, his heart stopped. He died. And there was never a reason for him to be chelated.

Autism boy dies after alternative therapy

I can’t believe it’s been ten years. Tariq should be growing up. Sure, he would have challenges, but challenges are better than death.

It is very painful to remember his story, and in going through this I am reminded of many autistics who have died over the years and made the news. And many, many more never make the news.

I wish I had never heard your name, Tariq. I wish you had grown up and were spending time doing things you enjoy.

By Matt Carey

3 Responses to “It’s been 10 years since Tariq Nadama died needlessly at the hands of a chelationist”

  1. Chris September 10, 2015 at 03:35 #

    He would be fifteen years old. He should be going into high school. Who knows how he would be. We will never know since he was not given the chance to grow up, since he was killed just for the crime of being autistic.

    His parents missed so much. Yes, it is frustrating having a child on the spectrum, but you learn so much. It expands you horizons, and you gain patience. Then there are the joys when a milestone is completed, which includes tonight when he spontaneously started a conversation asking each parent their opinion of a movie (it was “Inception”).

    I do not think kindly of those who torture (and kill) kids just because they are autistic.

    • Chris September 10, 2015 at 05:00 #

      Oops, sorry if it is not clear. When I said “which includes tonight when he spontaneously started a conversation asking each parent their opinion of a movie (it was “Inception”).”… I was speaking of my own adult son who is in his late 20s.

      His three year old vocabulary consisted of a dozen poorly enunciated single syllabic approximations, and about seventy ASL signs. When he was five he was dropping the sign language and beginning to speak. And yet, he had an entire conversation about a movie with me this evening.

      While he is difficult to understand by non-family over the phone, he writes wonderfully clear prose on the computer. This is what Tariq’s parents missed out on!

      And, of course, to other parents: you mileage may vary. This is only one young man, and not your child.

      Though one never knows. I found the phone list for his special ed. preschool of kids diagnosed with speech/language disorders (before autism was part of IDEA). and did a Google-stalk. A couple like my son have now got a diagnosis of autism. One of them works with computers, and the other is in supported housing (but participates in online social groups and is the same friendly bubbly person she was as a five year old), and one has technical college degree and is doing well. So there is no way to predict the future.

      All you can do is prepare. The first lawyer meeting was last week, the second (different lawyer) is in a couple of days, and the third (the kid’s lawyer) is next week. Le sigh… but necessary. We love our son and want him protected after we die. Plus we do not want to burden our younger children with his care.

  2. reissd September 10, 2015 at 21:45 #

    He should.

    Poor boy.

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