Jenny McCarthy Slams Reports That Her Son Evan Doesn't Have Autism
by Emily Abbate
When it comes to controversial celebrity anti-vaccination advocates, Jenny McCarthy takes the cake. The mother to 11-year-old Evan has been extremely vocal in the past about her belief that shots caused her son to suffer from autism. Reports came out yesterday that Evan -- who doesn't show any signs of autism today -- may have actually suffered from an entirely different illness. And Jenny is slamming these rumors. In fact, she's pissed.
A new article in Time Magazine, which McCarthy says was actually published in 2010, suggests that Evan actually suffers from Landau-Kleffner syndrome. Since Landau-Kleffner is so rare, it's often misdiagnosed as autism.
McCarthy took to Twitter yesterday to set the record straight about her son, saying that he was not only diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital, but was also confirmed by the state of California.
But just you wait until you hear what else she had to say:
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McCarthy slammed Time, saying that:
Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder.
Get 'em, Jenny. Can you blame her for getting riled up? When you have a child that's diagnosed with anything, whether it the autism spectrum or something else, it's never easy. Dealing with these diseases is a hard, long process for all involved trying to figure out exactly what's going on with your child when doctors and other physicians may not have all of the answers. I can only imagine how it feels to be McCarthy, having someone doubt everything she's been through.
McCarthy vows to take every legal measure necessary to set this straight.
How would you feel if you were Jenny?