Aidan Quinn connects MMR vaccine with his Daughter’s Autism

IRISH American actor Aidan Quinn talked with the Sunday Independent while on assignment in Co. Cork filming The Eclipse, by the noted playwright Conor McPherson. Quinn discussed several subjects in the interview, but what really stood out most was what he had to say about his adult daughter Ava Quinn, who is non-verbal and suffers from autism.

Aidan Quinn and his wife Elizabeth Bracco (sister of Lorraine Bracco of the Sopranos) say that their daughter has been a real joy in their lives.

But treating her condition hasn’t been easy for the Quinn family, which also has a younger daughter named Mia.

“It is a blessing and a curse. It has its blessings as well,” Aidan Quinn says in his interview. His daughter Ava was a perfectly normal baby, until she got vaccinated.

“So we had a normal child that was walking, talking, doing everything way faster than she was supposed to. Then, after an MMR, she got a 106 fever and turned blue and woke up the next day with dark circles and not knowing who she was. And uncoordinated. And her arm lifted up. Of course the doctors are all saying, “Oh, that’s normal.”

Irish Actor, Aidan Quinn
Irish Actor, Aidan Quinn

The worst, Quinn says, was hearing his child “crying uncontrollably and in pain and nobody can tell you what to do to help. And there is nothing showing up on any of the tests. But you know your daughter is in pain.” He also talked about the strain that it put on his marriage, but he and his wife survived, against the odds. “I think the divorce rate in autism parents is some horrendous figure like 75 per cent. If you get through the first five or six years with autism that’s the most difficult part,” he says.

Quinn says that Ava now “does have a guy that she grew up with, that she’s very keen on and they are very keen on each other. And they do give each other … it is delight seeing them together, these two autistic adults now. And when they are together, the way they eye each other out of the corner of their eyes and laugh at each other. My daughter doesn’t really speak. So sometimes you’re guessing at what’s going on.”

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59 Comments on Aidan Quinn connects MMR vaccine with his Daughter’s Autism

  1. I am the grandmother of a 41/2 little girl with severe autism who is nonverbal. Wondered if Aidan and his wife have tried any cures.

    • how dare you. There is no autism parent in the world that hasn’ tried nearly every “cure.” There is no cure. How dare you imply someone who doesn’t seek your view of a cure?

    • James … how DARE you attack someone who is clearly just curious about someone else in the same position as her. How dare YOU attack her for seeking advice and opinions from others on treatments that she might be able to try. Get a flipping grip and get the damn chip off of your shoulder. What a tool you are!

  2. As a father of a child with a vaccine injury, in my opinion I think it would be responsible to tell parents to check the vaccine inserts so they could read the ingredients that are being injected into the children.

    Doctors do not test before and after vaccines, therefore, how can they say they are not causing harm?

    Thank you.

    • There are several problems about parents not being informed. First, most people are brainwashed into thinking that their medical doctor knows EVERYTHING about vaccines and the health of their patients, that they believe anything that their doctor tells them. Most doctors who give vaccinations will tell their patients that there are no side effects or very few and the pros far outweigh the cons. And (at least in Canada) doctors and nurses DO NOT give ANY vaccine inserts to people before giving a vaccination. My last few vaccines as an adult (before I learned the truth about the harm vaccines can do) I DID NOT get ANY info about the vaccines that I was getting. I was not offered any info. I was just given the jabs. At least now I now know better to not have that poison injected into myself or my daughter. Sadly, this is not the case for most people.

  3. Our son, Patrick, was 2 1/2 when the mmr he received threw him into a tail-spin. He was verbal, bright, just learning letters. He woke-up at night after his second round of mmr, convulsing. We took him to the hospital, but by then he had stopped. The pediatrician told us that he could not possibly have mercury poisoning since ALL vaccines are safe. Everywhere we went we told the same thing. But Patrick continued to convulse at night.

    Finally, we did find a group of parents who were investigating biomedical resources and autism. We found out our son had measles and a yeast infection in his gut. Also, he had lead poisoning, as well as arsenic and also overloads of other contaminants. He was a walking toxic waste dump.

    • So sorry for your story!!! My daughters is very similar. We have tried so many alternative treatments, some have seemed to help, others were just a memory we don’t want to think about. Wish there was a way for the lawmakers and physicians to experience what we go through each day. Maybe then they would be willing to make changes.

  4. My son was vaccine injured at 15 months, right after his MMR vaccine. His left eye turned in, which we found out later it is not a loose muscle it is nerve damage caused by the vaccine. He also became autistic at the same time. When you have a healthy normal child, reaching all his miletstones and he has a good well child exam, then becomes autistic after a vaccine… is undeniable.

    • I have noticed many children with autism having one eye turned in or out. My son has this also. There is something to investigate there.

    • I actually saw this happen to a friend’s son. He was 15 months old, a bubbly, cute little engaging soul, the next time I saw him, his eyes were dead – poor kid never connected with the world after that. He died at age 12 of a seizure in a pool. Hammering a child’s immune system the way they do now is ridiculous, their little brains are still developing, and I’m convinced it turns something on in their immune system that attacks the brain.

  5. My son was reaching all his milestones in advance, he could wave, talk, make good eye contact, respond, he had a reaction to his Dip & Polio vaccine I just thought it was normal, then we gave him the MMR within two weeks he lost everything.
    My son now at nearly age 6 has difficulty walking, non verbal and classed as having severe Autism and has Epilepsy, GERD.
    I admire parents who are free to talk about this.

  6. Very good article!! I am a young mother to a 4yr old autistic daughter.. Like the others she hit all her milestones, around 15 months she gradually lost everything, she doesn’t talk, she can’t use her utencils anymore, everything.. I do not want any more vaccines but in my state we only have medical exemptions so I’m stuck because I neithier have the resources or money to homeschool…I have no friends if anyone who like to contact me tdispnet [at] Thanks!

    • Tonya,
      there are many parents in every state who support each other and the decision to delay or to forego vaccinatations. reach out and get the help and support you need to get your kids into school even if not vaccinated. if you are on facebook, there are several groups you can join and ask for state-specific resources, such as ‘proud parents of unvaccinated children’ or also ‘great mothers questioning vaccines’ etc. you’re not alone. you’ll be surprised how NOT ALONE you are!

    • Contact a professional homeopath! Homeopathic treatment is the only effective treatment for vaccine damage.

  7. I know for a fact that thimerisol, the mercury-based preservative used in infant vaccines during the late 1990s-2000s, was present in the vacs my sons received. So when exactly did they stop using it? (I’m not naïve enough to believe this is the only possible cause of all ASDs, but it points a very ugly finger toward Big Pharma & its bedpartner, the FDA.) (I discuss some of this on my blog,

    • Thimerosal was removed for the most part in 1992 but is still in vaccines in trace amounts. That is about 2.5 micrograms (which is over 5000 times the level recommended by the EPA to be deemed safe in drinking water) in most vaccines and about 10 times that amount in multi-dose vials such as the flu shot. You are right in saying that mercury in vaccines is not the only reason that children are diagnosed with Autism but the smoking gun is hard to ignore when you look at all the antigens that are in vaccines and how the immune system responds to them as well as the response of a growing infant neurological system to toxins directly injected into the body.

      • Thank you so much for posting your thoughts. I agree wholeheartedly. In the U.S. we have an epidemic on our hands. Have you also read our article on the GMO crops autism connection? This GMO food, which is prevalent in our diets and in all popular brands of commercial infant formula disrupts the normal intestinal flora and leads to neurological damage. I agree that this, coupled with vaccines that weaken an infant’s immune system are somehow contributing to the rise in autism today. I really appreciate your comments on this.

    • Thimerosal was called to be ‘removed’ in 1999. However, the vaccines that did contain Thimerosal were not recalled. It would be safe to assume that Thimerosal containing vaccines where still in use up to 2004-2006.

    • They have stopped putting thimerisol into the vaccines MADE today….what people do NOT realize is that we (this country) has enough vaccines “stockpiled” to last our lifetime and more without having to open the cases of new ones…also…most people don’t realize that thimerisol is not just in vaccines…it is in nasal sprays as well….

  8. I am a step parent of a child with Autism and his mother believes MMR is also a reasoning as to why he has it, and is very scared to give vaccines to him or sister. As I didnt learn of any of these awful things both my girls have been vaccinated and am now scared and worried. My oldest is 6 and will no longer need anymore and will not allow her to get anymore, my youngest 3 still has some she needs and I refuse to let the doctors give anymore to her.

  9. Great article! My son regressed into autism after his mmr vaccine too! He was verbal and happy until his shot. I thank god everyday that I was able to recover him. It was hard work and in the long run may be a more compassionate person. That was over ten years ago. My son who just turned 14 will be entering high school taking honors classes. A boy who had lost all his language (expressive and receptive) and had to be taught everything from scratch has been in honors english all through middle school and will take it in high school. Sorry to brag but if you would have ask me ten years ago if this would have be possible I would have said “NO”. He plays the guitar (self taught) in a band, he is social, and a good soccer player. I pray for all children that they can achieve their full potential. I pray that parents read the vaccine inserts first before trusting their doctors.

  10. We did genetic testing, my childs autism is ENVIROMENTAL. I have the medical statement that my sons autism is enviromental. This includes vaccines, and other hazzards such as medications, water and food. I don’t want to hear that ALL autism is genetic because it isn’t. Mr. Quinn if your reading this get her to a Genetic Specialist and get her checked out

    • My autism and anxiety are genetic, however, I believe other issues I have are environmental. ADHD, GERD, IBS, Chronic pain, lots of allergies, and learning impairments. I was born in 1991, right when all of these things were becoming more of a problem. I don’t think the rise in these conditions is just coincidence.

  11. I always wonder why we put up with this as parents, as for my daughter she takes a religious exemption. But is treated like a wacko. I always wish the Autism association would go after the drug manufacturers instead of just trying to find a cure with the money. Stop what is causing the autism in most cases. Come on Autism Association stop this, children are suffering

  12. We should investigate thoroughly before each vaccine. Package inserts are full of information and can be found in internett.
    Medical students normally study about vaccines for only a few hours and doctors often don’t take the time to even read through package inserts.
    In comparison it is often the case that vaccine critics have spent hundreds of hours, even many years studying vaccines and know far more than the average doctor.
    We are many who are frustrated, unimpressed and tired of trying to ask about and discuss with doctors about vaccine ingredients, safety statistics, potential long term adverse events including carcinogenicity, synergy, interactions, secondary transmission, concomitant administration, etc.
    It is often blatantly obvious that the average doctor has minimal knowledge about the complex issue of vaccination.

  13. a great resource is Focus Autism. They’re a small organization but working toward getting the vaccine injury & autism correlation message out there to all parents!

  14. Have you seen a Homeopath ? there are magical solutions don’t give up hope It is a terrible state that has been allowed to be inflicted up the young children

  15. I was born in 1977, in March, and moved to Japan (Okinawan) around June. They gave me a vaccination that left me with a cursed life, until I started to wake up from it…now since you said, “It is a blessing and a curse” in that statement above, I think I am a curse now all over again! Please don’t call us curses…it not our faults!

  16. My grandson also regressed into autism after MMR. Interestingly one of the first signs of damage after high temperature and rash followed by many high fevers and banging his head on the floor! – was also an outward squint and turning his head to look at you, as reported in other comments. With his parents nearly bankrupting themselves to treat him with behavioural, biomedical, chelation, homeopathy, AIT, cranial osteopathy, Son-Rise etc. he is doing quite well – no treatment on the NHS for our children!!

  17. I have 4 kids oldest fully vaccinated no probs..2nd oldest born perfect met milestones before his peers…

    He then had the MMR as his older brother had and hey presto! Adverse reaction to the jab,temp of 103 ..head the size of a baloon, green puss coming out of his ears, and covered head to toe in a red rash…now aged 15 years old with a school assessed age of around 2 years at best.

    I also have a boy aged 9 years old and a girl aged 7 they have had no vaccines whatsoever, oral or otherwise…they have never been to the doctors not once for any illness both have had measles and chickenpox. Which looked worse than the inconvenience was to them ..they weren’t ill..

    Thats my own little study sadly to late for my 2nd oldest.


  18. This happened to my son too. He was progressing normally until he received the 15 month MMR and he had a feveral seizure and then he started regressing. I saw it happen in front of my own eyes. No one can tell me otherwise!

  19. Have any of you investigated legal action against the drug manufacturers? Vaccines create the next generation of sick people, which big Pharma needs. Healthy people don’t make anyone any money. School districts get more funds from the government for disabled children. The government and it’s tentacle agencies like the CDC and FDA are only out to make money, at any innocent child’s expense. BTW, it’s not just childhood vaccines that are causing illnesses. I never suffered from allergies until I started getting a yearly flu shot, which was “highly recommended” by my employer. There is also evidence that the flu shot contributes to Alzheimer’s Disease.

    • Big pharma is protected from litigation by the US gvt. That is why they created VAERS and the vaccine court. But the only parents that have prevailed there have not referenced autism in their claim.

  20. James says:

    “how dare you. There is no autism parent in the world that hasn’ tried nearly every “cure.” There is no cure. How dare you imply someone who doesn’t seek your view of a cure?’

    How dare you James? You know nothing. I know hundreds of people who have had wonderful results. Maybe not complete cures but still much improvement. Do not try to take away the hope so many have.

  21. I have 5 children and we use the religious exemptions, too, at our schools since my 4th born had a bad reaction to the DTP 14 yrs. ago. He has done well with a good diet and Juice Plus+ supplement and healing prayer. Thankfully we haven’t had any problem here in PA getting exempted from the vaccine requirements since then….praying they don’t take that option away! After reading all of these stories about precious children being harmed by vaccines, it makes me cry….and pray for each one. There is hope in Jesus.

  22. I am 76 years old, have 3 children. I purposely exposed my 3 to measles, mumps and chicken pox. they were over that by the time they started school. I kept them at home in bed , no bright lights, no TV to protect there eyes.
    they did run high fever of 104 , kept it down with cold fluids and otc meds. They had no problems all finished High School with good grades and are now living normal lives. The measle vaccine was available but we oppted out I didn’t see why they couldn’t have the measles and be taken care of like my mother took of me.Too many parents now don’t keep their children at home when they are sick. I taught Sunday School for several years and small children were brought to my class with such high fevers they would lay there heads down the whole time because they felt so bad. Common since tells you to take care of your children when they are sick. They come first.

  23. This kind of media/article is poison to the impressionable minds of the ignorant American population who will read this and actually believe it without doing their research. Autism is something you are born with. You do not develop it from anything! I have a cousin who is autistic and I have done the research from an unbiased point of view, not as a parent of an autistic child who wants to find something or someone to blame for their child’s condition. A temp of 106 can cause brain damage if not treated quickly but that is not Autism. I urge people to think for themselves and do the research with legitimate sources before falling in to claims like these. When you don’t vaccinate your children you are not only putting your child at serious risk for something far worse than autism like death!!! You also put your entire community at risk. This is ridiculous and this man is clearly bitter and ignorant because he felt entitled to a perfect child.

    • Carolyn,
      I appreciate your heated reply. I wonder if in your research you came across Dr. Robert Melillo? He has over 30 years experience working with children suffering from autism and is an expert in neuroscience. He’s written 3 books about autism, causes, treatments, and brain imbalances. I did a podcast interview with him just a few months ago. The theory that there is an autism gene has not been fully proven yet even though most research money has been poured into this over the last 20 years. If you look at the statistical data, especially when you look at world populations, it is obvious there is an epidemic in the U.S. He talks at length about these issues in his new book. Listen to the podcast interview with Healthy Family to learn more about it:
      The problem with autism is that there are many triggers. It’s not an all in one type illness. And onset ages vary, as many here have attested.

  24. Great story of perseverance and love. There are some successes with chelation for autism. Success as in behavior improves. If you questions please contact me and I will be to share what I know and put you in touch with the folks. Nothing in it for me except sharing information.

  25. How is it putting a community at risk by not vaccinating my child? If the vaccinations really protect, and MY child is the unvaccinated one, then isnt it MY child at risk, and not anyone elses? Your theory does not hold water. And being a nurse, I know how the immune system works. Natural immunity is the only true immunity. Vaccinations have proven not to have 100% effectiveness, and they are not as long term as it was once thought. My oldest son was a perfectly normal child until the age of 4, when he received his booster MMR to begin school in the fall, he became fevered and lethargic for 2 days, suffered a febrile seizure and has been mild MR, Epileptic and High Functioning Aspergers, ever since, he is now 25 years old. His brother, now 7 has had NO vaccinations, never been to a doctor for so much as an earache. He is a perfectly healthy little boy. He has had 3 types of influenza, and in the last two years when the influenza came around, he stayed well along with the rest of the family, because he had immunity, something a flu shot cant give you. If it did, they wouldnt have a flu shot EVERY YEAR!!! Another thing to stay away from are the antibacterial soaps , wipes, and cleansers. All they do is cause resistant bacteria and mutations in viruses. Do the research folks.

  26. Raindrop therapy on the spine and feet with pure 100% Therapeutic grade Oils has shown very impressive results for tics and Autism-it releases trapped toxins from the nerves.

  27. I highly urge any of you to find a classical homeopath who has had experience treating autism. It is one thing that has worked remarkably well. I studied with a doctor who had a very high success rate treating autistic children with homeopathic medicine. You can watch one of his cases in this documentary clip:

  28. With the reports (2012) of 1 in 50 children now on the spectrum… you can’t actually believe this is hereditary. …

  29. I appreciate these videos, I found them very helpful in understanding influences that can help and harm autism. As an acupuncturist, I find homeopathy helpful for a whole treatment. Psych K techniques can balance our subconscious-consciousness mind and point us to the road of construction. It also makes sense that Five Element acupuncture and Homeopathy can balance the unconscious mind, the body, to change DNA…the object of evolution that holds to ‘Lipton’s’ understanding?

    • Thank you for posting the link, Leticia. I read it and then did a little research on which vaccines contain cells from fetal matter. I found
      “In order to develop the weakened viral strain, there must be a medium or “cell culture” to grow it in. The virus invades the culture cells, feeds off the cell, matures, and multiplies. The cell cultures are a single type of cell that multiplies itself in a predictable fashion and can be sustained in a laboratory setting for years, even decades. These long-lasting cell cultures are called “cell lines.” The original cells that start these cell lines have been taken from a wide variety of sources, from monkey embryo and kidney cells, to chicken and rabbit embryos, and tragically, from aborted human babies. The issue of concern is that many common vaccines were developed using cell lines that originally were cells taken from electively aborted babies. The vaccines themselves do not contain fetal cells, but it is presumed that there is “residual” biological matter from the fetal cells that has been assimilated into the vaccine.”
      The site also carefully lists all vaccines that use cell lines from fetal matter. This is important information for people who are pro life.

  30. K & Carolyn darmstaetter- Non-vaccinated kids are a risk to everyone who has an immune deficiency, or babies that have not been fully vaccinated, (which includes siblings of children that have been vaccinated). I know a woman who sent her children to school with the chicken pox. It is your choice not to vaccinate your children, however, it is reprehensible to expose the rest of the community to diseases because you assume everyone else has been vaccinated. If they are sick, keep them home for the entire length of time that they are contagious.
    I am very sorry about the heartache and struggle many of you are dealing with in regards to your children with Autism. My heart goes out to all of you.

  31. Carolyn, I am not sure where you came up with the theory that everyone who has autism is born with autism. That is not true by any long shot :). Some children I agree are born with it and quite possibly due to the environmental toxins exposed to and genetic or other effects. However, the majority regress into the Autism spectrum after repeated vaccinations and the evidence is hard to ignore. There are many peer reviewed studies done on this subject which the people promoting vaccines do not pay attention to as do the “ignorant” american public. An Italian court recently ruled in favor of two children who regressed into autism after the MMR vaccine. If I were to rephrase the vaccine effect, vaccines by themselves do not cause autism but they have enough neurotoxins in them as adjuvants that do cause neurological damage which cause autism. I am including a clip of a study that was done on the effect of mercury on growing brain neurons (which was showed during a congressional hearing on Autism and vaccines held on Nov 29, 2012. There is a lot to this than you know 🙂

  32. Caryn,

    I absolutely agree. GM Food and Vaccines are slowly creating a generation of children who are sicker than their parents. I try very hard to educate people on these topics via various social sites such as FB and the progress is slow. People are too lazy to do the research themselves and are quite content to believe the media and their doctor’s office, two places that one should never turn to health and wellness advice :).

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