Alex’s Daily, Violent Behavior Became The Eugene Family’s New Normal.when He Was Eight Years Old, The Echols Made The Heartbreaking Decision To Move Alex Into A State-funded Group Home.

Colin Roberts, a pediatric neurologist at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. On the day Alex was born, Jeremy Echols said he and his wife were full of hope. Until six weeks later, when their baby had his first seizure. “We didn’t know he’d be autistic at that time,” he said. “I think he wasthree when he started hurting himself though.” Echols said by the time Alex was 5,he exhibitedintense, self-directed rage.Echols showed us home Green Rush videos of therage.He said they videotaped the episodes to show doctors the injuries were self-inflicted. Echols said Alex head butted anything he could. He said the boy bruised his forehead so badly, the blood would drain down until Alex’s entire face was black and blue. His parents got him a helmet to protect his head,swaddled him like a newborn and tried mood-altering drugs to control the behavior, with little success. Alex’s daily, violent behavior became the Eugene family’s new normal.When he was eight years old, the Echols made the heartbreaking decision to move Alex into a state-funded group home. “It was like we were throwing him away, like we were giving him to somebody else and saying, ‘Sorry buddy, you’re not part of the family anymore,'” he said. “It was pretty rough.” But was there a way to help him? In late 2009, the Echols said they saw a television news story about a California woman who was using medical marijuana to treat her autistic son.The Echols researched Oregon’s medical marijuana program, and in 2010, a doctor approved Alex for medical marijuana use.

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