Imagine your baby dying and the struggle to save him. Imagine being arrested for shaking him to death. Imagine going to prison for life without possibility of parole for a murder you did not commit, for a crime that hadn't happened. Remember Alan Yurko? That nightmare happened to him.
Alan Yurko's name perhaps isn't as well known (certainly in the UK) as Sally Clark, but Wikipedia summarises his case as:
"Alan Yurko, born December 11, 1969 (1969-12-11) (age 38), was sentenced to life in prison + 10 years (in 1998) without parole for the murder of his son, due to shaken baby syndrome".Cybertiger is a staunch supporter of the "Alan Yurko is innocent" campaign, despite the fact that the autopsy report stated:
"Post-Mortem Findings included minor contusions of both temporal areas of the head, small ecchymosis of the right lower eyelid, fresh subdural hemorrhages of the right and left cerebral hemispheres and at base of brain and some areas of spinal cord, and retinal bleeding. The brain was grossly edematous. In addition there were several old, healing fractures of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 10th ribs, all posterior and on the left."
So, Dr Struthers - are you going to explain how all those injuries can be caused by vaccination?
There's a far more in-depth discussion of this case at the most excellent Millenium Project. I just find it interesting the disgusting lengths a GP is prepared to go to to suck up to the anti-vaccination lobby.
Coincidentally, Rosemary has posted more on this today (and Cybertiger's chimed in too) - a great long rambling essay by that vile anti-vaxer F. Edward Yazbak, full of feeble assertions, all attempting to show that vaccines were to blame for a baby who was beaten to death.
It is interesting to note that when Yurko's verdict was changed to one of manslaughter, the judge specifically announced that there was no indication that vaccines were in any way to blame for baby Alan's death.
They get viler and viler at JABS. By the day.