Baby Bailey had developed normally and was healthy up until his first MMR vaccination at 15 months. 16 days after his vaccination, he had a seizure.
He also lost all his eye contact and imaginative play abilities, and he started biting himself repeatedly.
Scans of his brain revealed encephalopathy, which consultant doctors thought may be due to vaccination.
Bailey still has developmental delay, no eye contact and limited social skills.
The court ruled that:
‘Bailey did show evidence of ataxia in the period following his seizure, following vaccination.
Such ataxia, when considered in conjunction with the radiological results, support the court’s findings that Bailey did suffer from ADEM.
Bailey’s ADEM was caused in fact and proximately caused by his vaccination. It is well understood that the vaccination in question can cause ADEM and the court finds on record filed herein, that it did actually cause the ADEM.’
The family were awarded $810,000 compensation and an additional $30-40,000 per year to pay for Bailey’s autism care services.
Source: United States Court of Federal Claims, no. 02-0738V, 20th July 2007. Bailey Banks, by his father Kenneth Banks, v. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.