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Blasdell boy stuck in vaccine debate

He's been out of school for over a week
Posted at 6:10 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 13:35:01-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — 9-year-old Ameer Hamideh has been kicked out of school because he's not vaccinated. But his parents say getting vaccines could be harmful to his health.

Ameer is living with cerebral palsy and a rare seizure disorder called Lennox Gastaut Syndrome (LGS).

"He was vaccinated the first couple years of his life. After the vaccines, started getting seizures...his body couldn't tolerate it," said Ali Hamideh, his father.

The vaccines could make his son's seizures more severe and his son's neurologist backs up that claim, according to Hamideh.

"It would make it a lot worse, chance of hospitalization, even a chance of death," said Hamideh.

But under the new state law requiring all students to be vaccinated, Ameer was kicked out of the CHC Learning Center he attends.

"He's obviously disabled, but he's very smart..being out of school, he's very hurt," said Hamideh.

Because of Ameer's condition, his father filed for a medical exemption and Sarah Finnegan MD, a local neurologist based in Buffalo, signed off on a one year exemption back in August.

The state sent this letter back saying this was not enough to exempt him.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Taylor Epps reached out to the New York State Department of Health who said that letter is merely a recommendation and that at the end of the day, the decision is up to the school to make.

She then reached out to Frontier Central School District, Ameer's home district, who had this to say.

"The New York State Department of Health is the one that recommends to either deny the request or approve the request. If they recommend it to be denied, we're saying recommend it to be denied," said Dr. Richard Hughes, Superintendent of the district.

"It would be foolish of us to go against the recommendation of the New York State Department of Health."

While the school and the state point fingers, Ameer is being home-schooled. Hamideh says his son is itching to return and he will keep fighting to get his son back in the classrooom.

"You're not taking Ameer's rights away. Ameer deserves his rights like every normal child," said Hamideh.