Andrew Wakefield for the Nobel Peace Prize

Andrew Wakefield for the Nobel Peace Prize

24 July 2016
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Nobel Foundation Stockholm Sweden
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Started by Judi Cavit


 Dr Andrew Wakefield MBBS, F.RCS, F.RCPath. Nobel Peace Prize Nomination

Physician, Surgeon, Researcher and Author (lead or subsequent) of vast peer reviewed papers.

The Legend of Dr Andrew Wakefield needs no explanation and people have their own opinions one way or another, however some facts have rarely been given the prominence they deserve and this petition seeks to do so as contributory reasons to grant the wishes of the proposer. 

Dr Wakefield was the lead author of the most cited, most famous paper on Autism in history, the 1998 study which sparked the global questioning of the safety of some vaccines for some children.

A terrible historical injustice was done to Dr Andrew Wakefield and he became a casualty of war.

Governments and medical bodies have to act in the public interests of the time. In the case of the Wakefield paper that meant to present a completely united front of reassurance. Discrediting the Doctor who brought the concerns, in the hope the concerns would go away.  But what of the families and their children left in the lurch? Without treatment and a medical establishment too terrified to diagnose or treat any form of gastroenteritis and Autism, for fear of a connection and the consequences?

Such were the parents hard done by and left out in the cold with the medical professionals who tried their best through every human endeavour to get justice and treatment for them.

Dr Andrew Wakefield has become the name most synonymous with helping the families.  In the face of worldwide condemnation, public shaming and a campaign of vilification unseen ever before, Dr Wakefield is still standing today as an icon of what every doctor should aspire to, the utter care and protection of his patients at any cost. Dr Wakefield paid that cost.

This outstanding medical professional and researcher has stood his ground. Never wavering from his findings, which have since been replicated all over the world. His paper vindicated countless times in such auspicious places as the High Court in London and at the Whistle-blowers Centre by Royal College of Pathologists professionals. Still today that 1998 famous paper is stood over by the father of paediatric gastroenterology Professor John Walker- Smith who defended his own honour as a co-author refusing to retract his findings along with Dr Wakefield.

The High Court Exonerated Professor Walker-Smith 

Likewise the 1998 papers’ findings were exonerated in a senior pathologists report from the National Whistle-blowers Centre, referred to in this statement:

"The grading sheets and other evidence in Wakefield's files clearly show that it is unreasonable to conclude, based on a comparison of the histological records, that Andrew Wakefield 'faked' a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Now that these records have seen the light of day, it is time for others to stop using them for this purpose as well. False allegations of research misconduct can destroy the careers of even the most accomplished and reputable scientists overnight. It may take years for them to prove their innocence; and even then the damages are often irreparable. In cases where mistakes are made, every effort should be taken to fully restore the reputations and careers of scientists who are falsely accused of research misconduct." National Whistle-blowers Centre 6th January 2011

Further in 2014 Scientists from the biggest health watchdog in the world, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) USA came forward and revealed their involvement in a fraudulent, shameful and systematic endeavour to keep the controversy around Dr Wakefield going. Stating that they now wanted to stand up for integrity and do the right thing.

Dr Wakefield was abandoned by most but taken in and loved by a few who recognized him for what he is and will always be, a physician in the best and most pure sense of the word.

In conclusion Dr Andrew Wakefield has an outstanding character, education and background that make him a pioneer and leader of mankind.  He has the spirit of a warrior wrapped in the caring heart of a doctor, when the word is used to describe those whom embody the very best of all that patient care implies and assumes.

The Nobel Prize is reserved for individuals who show outstanding perseverance commitment, bravery and dedication to serve humanity against all odds and personal costs.

I hereby call upon the Nobel Foundation Stockholm Sweden to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Doctor Andrew Wakefield in gratitude and recognition for the example he has set as a physician and all he has done and endured for the sake of his patients worldwide.

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Judi Cavit

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