Kari is the mother of four beautiful children. At four and a half months, Kari's third child, Mason, passed away within days of receiving the DTaP vaccine. Ironically, the doctor told Kari and her husband, Bryce, that if they didn't vaccinate Mason, they would be signing his death certificate.
Watch the video below to hear Kari and Bryce tell their tragic story. Then scroll down to read a beautiful tribute to Dr. Andrew Wakefield that Kari recently shared.
"They are just so good at making parents afraid...We are operating out of fear and trusting people that shouldn't be trusted."
Dr. Andrew Wakefield with Kari Bundy
June 14, 2016
For anyone who has ever felt it necessary to call Dr. Andrew Wakefield a fraud, a liar, an attention seeker or a quack; it’s obvious you’ve never met this man. For anyone who has ever accused him of being an attention seeking liar, it’s immediately clear to me that you’ve never spent a single second in the same room as Andy.
This did not start because he was looking for a fight. As a world-renowned gastroenterologist he knew literally NOTHING about autism when this entire debacle started. His children aren’t vaccine injured and he’d learned nothing about autism in medical school.
He is a man who encountered a startling truth by listening to the concerns of a patient. He is a man who did his job - a physician who listened to his patient, even when it didn’t make sense to him. A doctor with the ultimate goal of helping a child with severe gastrointestinal issues get well.
This man has been traveling nonstop. He has been traveling the country to help save our children. He’s trying to empower parents to do their research before making potentially life-altering decisions for their children. He’s encouraging parents to contact senators, congressmen, and politicians to try to get the truth heard. He is telling them EXACTLY where to go, what to do, and who to talk in order to demand change.
And while he does all of this, he is missing out on so much precious time with his own family. He’s beyond exhausted. And even in this exhaustion, this all-consuming exhaustion that you can literally see in the way he stands and in the way his eyes start to droop at the end of the day, he still presses on.
Yesterday, I watched him sit and talk with a group at 8pm when he hadn’t eaten ANYTHING all day. He never once acted impatient, or bored, or even tired. He spent hours engaging with a group of people who just needed to be heard and who needed their questions answered. People who needed hope. People who needed a voice.
In those moments of utter exhaustion last night, I watched as he breathed deeply, seemingly inhaling more energy and exhaling the exhaustion. I watched him straighten his posture and regain the twinkle in his eyes and the soft smile on his face. (If you know Andy, you know the soft smile, almost a smirk, that I’m talking about). I watched as he looked into the eyes of concerned parents and gave them more of himself than he had left.
And that’s the thing. FRAUDS do not do things like that. People who are frauds are selfish. They are liars. They do not care about the needs of others. They do not give all of their time and energy to ANYONE - let alone to strangers. They certainly never give more than they have. They do not emanate such amazing grace when surrounded by angry protesters.
But Andy does.
This team isn’t getting rich of off this. In fact, by the time the box office and production company take their cut, there is very little left (sometimes as little as 10-20%). And sometimes, as in this case, they actually lose money.
This man, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, is one of the most amazing men I’ve ever met in my entire life. Every person he hugged, every story he listened to, every time he cooed at a baby, every time he answered difficult questions... you could see people walking away comforted and finally feeling like they aren’t alone.
He gives people hope.
Because he gives parents a voice.
October 22, 2010 - March 5, 2011