First Boy Diagnosed with Autism by Dr. Kanner, Recovered!!

The first boy diagnosed by Dr. Leo Kanner with Autism in 1943, has been found alive and well. He grew up to live a happy, successful life. He is 77 and lives in Mississippi. John Donvan and Caren Zucker tracked him down for an article in The Atlantic on adults with autism.

Donald Triplett has been known in medical literature as Donald T. Patient zero. He was treated with Gold Salts when as a child he developed Arthritis. He got better, but he also began to recover from Autism.

As it turns out he had been exposed to Mercury. Kanner's patient zero lived in an area where a water soluble form of Mercury was first used in forestry! Dr. Kanner didn't document this treatment and would have gone unnoticed if not for the fact that Donald is alive well. He was interviewed by the author of the book "Age of Autism", on sale now. I know carries it.

Chapter 6 is where you will find Donald Triplett, who decided to come out of his self-imposed anonymity to be interviewed in May of 2009 by Olmsted and Blaxill to expand on the public understanding of his story for the book.

We have been right all along and justice for our poisoned children is long over due.