Update on Abubakar Tariq Nadama: The autopsy results have been announced
A 5-year-old autistic boy who went into cardiac arrest in his doctor's office died as a result of the controversial chelation therapy he was receiving as a treatment for his autism.
The manner of death of Abubakar Tariq Nadama, of Monroeville, has been listed as accidental while the investigation continues.
The findings released by the Butler County coroner's office don't say whether the treatment itself is dangerous or the child died from the way the treatment was administered.
In layman's terms, the administration of ethylene diamine tetra-acetate, commonly known as chelation, resulted in a lack of oxygen to the brain as well as irreversible heart damage, said Allegheny County Deputy Coroner Ed Strimlan.
The Allegheny County morgue conducted the autopsy on the child at the request of Butler County Coroner Bill Young.
"We determined there's a direct correlation between the EDTA and the lack of oxygen to the brain and the heart muscle damage. It's a total package, based on the autopsy, the histology [tissue sampling] and the toxicology [blood sampling]," Mr. Strimlan said.
The determination is sure to spark debate among parents, many of whom support chelation as a safe and effective therapy for autism. Others condemn the treatment as voodoo medicine.
The autopsy report indicates the manner of death was accidental. The other categories are natural, suicide and homicide.
I'm probably dreaming though.
I'll close with a speculation/prediction: Now that the autopsy report is out, I'm guessing that it probably won't be long before some chelationist somewhere (or perhaps even Dr. Kerry trying to avoid losing his medical license and/or going to jail for causing the death of a young child by giving him a useless treatment for autism) will hire Dr. Mohammed Al-Bayati, the "pathologist" who tried (and failed miserably) to rebut the L.A. County Coroner's autopsy report that concluded that Eliza Jane Scovill (daughter of prominent HIV/AIDS denialist Christine Maggiore) had died of HIV-related complications. After all, doing hack jobs on coroner's reports to try to keep his clients from going to jail is Dr. Al-Bayati's specialty, particularly if he can blame the death on vaccines. I can just see Dr. Al-Bayati exercising his special "skills" (such as they are) on the Nadama autopsy report. I hope I'm wrong, but I wouldn't be at all surprised to see another Al-Bayati hatchet job on the way.