Jia Jia Zhang

Photo of Jia Jia. He is a Chinese toddler dressed in a heavy coat and hat. An adult is pushing his chin up with a finger to make him look at the camera. He has his lips pursed as though he is kissing the camera.Name: Jia Jia Zhang
Died: April 27, 2016
Age at death: 3
Cause of death: Untreated pneumonia
Location: Guangzhou, China

Details:
When Jia Jia was diagnosed with autism, his mother began searching for a cure. When she read about a treatment center that claimed to have cured children of autism, she sent Jia Jia.

The autism "treatment center" where Jia Jia had been sent forced him to walk long distances each day. The toddler was made to walk 19 km a day while dressed in heavy coats, tied to a staff member by a rope to force him to keep going.

The center is run by a practitioner who believes that autism is a disease of spoiled, lazy rich children. The children were given a diet of rice, vegetables, and fruit (a protein-poor diet), force-fed water, and made to lie in hot saunas. They were cut off from all contact with their parents.

Jia Jia collapsed and died at the end of one of the long walks. He had been suffering from viral pneumonia for several weeks, and it had been untreated. Despite his fever and illness, he had been made to do the usual day's exercise. He wasn't taken to the hospital until he had been unconscious for half an hour.

A medical examiner concluded that Jia Jia died of "bleeding from the lungs and an inflammation of the brain, and hand, foot, and mouth disease", just a few months short of his fourth birthday.

The center was closed, and ten other children there were sent home.

References:
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