Charges Dropped Against Doctor in Case of Autistic Boy's Death

Posted on May 6, 2008 in Autism

Criminal charges have been dropped against a doctor accused of causing the death of a 5-year-old autistic boy.Dr. Roy Kerry was using chelation therapy on Abubakar Tariq Nadama in 2005. Chelation is an approved treatment for acute heavy metal poisoning; some believe it is a promising treatment for autism, but the FDA and CDC do not agree.

The CDC claimed that the boy was given a synthetic amino acid called Disodium EDTA instead of Calcium Disodium EDTA. Kerry’s attorney, Al Lindsay, denied that the use of the drug was an incorrect choice, that it was administered improperly, and that it caused the boy‚Äôs death. Lindsay said the boy died of a lack of oxygen to the brain, which was caused by a heart problem not associated with the drug.

Kerry still faces a civil lawsuit by the boy’s parents.