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Coping with a thunderbolt

Autism Sunday is on 14 February. Ivan Corea describes his experience as the father of an autistic child

OUR JOURNEY into the world of autism began when our son, Charin, was born on 3 February 1996.

Charin suffered foetal distress at birth, and my wife, Charika, was rushed in for an emergency caes­ar-ean. I will never forget the mo­ment he was placed in my arms. I could only offer a prayer of thanks to God for this wonderful gift of life.

Despite his traumatic birth, Charin seemed to develop normally. He smiled at three weeks; he bab­bled at nine ...

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