Sweet little Chadrack Mbala Mulo, a mute and autistic four-year-old boy, was found clinging to his mother’s decomposed body in East London. Sadly, the little boy had slowly starved to death after his mother died on Oct 1st or 2nd. The pair were found on October 20th, 2017. It is believed the little boy died just two days before they were found.
“It’s believed Esther Eketi-Mulo suffered a fatal epileptic fit, her little boy died of dehydration and maltnutrition with autism as a contributory factor.
An inquest into the youngster’s death heard staff from his school, Morningside Primary, had visited the home twice in early October but been unable to enter.”1
One neighbor said, “It’s heartbreaking. It has haunted me for a long time, that I could have helped, and I didn’t know. I have a little boy and [Chadrack] only just needed feeding and watering. He passed away because he was hungry, not because something happened to him.”1
Given that Chadrack had learning difficulties it’s likely that after his mother died unexpectedly he didn’t know how to call for help or care for himself.
Thankfully, the coroner called for a new system to be introduced to respond to unexpected absences from school.
This story, while not current, highlights the need for us to prepare- as a society- to handle the incoming, epidemic rush of Autistic patients we will soon see. This is a tragedy that didn’t need to happen.