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Special Segment (Autistic Children) #537177

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 21, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Chicago, Illinois) Plight of autistic children and their families and treatments available examined; cases of Howard and Steven Bennin cited as example [Eileen BENNIN - describes ordeal with sons.] Joey Van Ginkel's similar situation discussed. University of California at Los Angeles program under Dr. Edward Ritvo noted experiencing success in treating such autistic children with Fenfluramine; details given. Joey's improvement with drug described. [Barry Van GINKEL - feels he now has a son; explains.] [RITVO - discusses study's findings.] [Bruce BENNIN - hopes his children will improve.] [Eileen BENNIN - agrees.] Future course of research considered.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

Bazell, Robert;
Brokaw, Tom

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