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The U.S. Court of Federal Claims is now hearing a case trying to prove that routine vaccinations caused autism in a child. The family of a 12-year-old girl with autism is asking the court to rule in their favor so that they may receive compensation from a federal vaccine injury fund.

Theresa Cedillo and husband Michael allege thimerosal-containing vaccines weakened their daughter’s immune system and prevented her body from clearing the measles virus after she was immunized. That theory is one of three alleged by the thousands of plaintiffs. The others claim either thimerosal or the measles vaccine alone caused their children’s autism.

“We hope to find out what happened and hopefully get the help she needs,” said Theresa Cedillo, who takes care of her daughter full time at home.

This is the first case to go before the court. There are eight more waiting to be heard. A ruling could take months while the court considers the case.

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