But it was something Cheryl said just before we hung up that really haunted me. She told me Steve was playing with Rico this evening and suddenly, for the first time in his life, he laughed. Cheryl thought: “Is he laughing?”
She said that as Steve was playing with him, Rico laughed and laughed.
This is so crushing.
Rico’s tiny body is the battlefield for a $350 billion scientifically bankrupt theory. And he laughed tonight for the first time. His family given 48 more hours to enjoy the sight of him not poisoned. They’re getting a glimpse of what he would be like if he could be allowed to just be, just live. “The transformation was immediate,” Steve Nagel told me. “It was the same with Lindsey. Overnight.” *
[*Lindsey Nagel was taken off AZT as a baby, and immediately stopped showing symptoms of toxicity from the drug, which had been attributed to HIV. She grew up perfectly healthy--the only survivor in the state of Minnesota of pediatric HIV treatment in the early 90s, (AZT) which killed 11 other children who remained on the drug. There were a total of 12 HIV positive children in the state. 11 were kept on AZT and died and one, Lindsey, was taken off, and is alive today, and the mother of her own child, Rico.]