Banking on brains for clues to autism

Leslie Bolen was there for every one of her son Michael’s medical tests. He’d had more than his fair share in his 14 years, but this last one was almost too much for his mother to bear.

That test was on a Saturday night in April 2016. Eight days earlier, Michael had had a seizure at the residential facility where he lived. He had autism, and he’d had seizures almost every week since he was 8 years old, but never one this bad. He stopped breathing, and his heart stopped beating. Medics managed to restart his heart with a shot of adrenaline, but his brain never recovered.

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1st November 2017