The effects of autism usually include impaired social interaction, difficulty communicating, and unusual or repetative behaviors. But 12-year-old Christopher Marino proves there can be a bright side to autism — one that can save lives.
CNN recently covered the story of how Christopher, who has autism, and his father, Walter, were swept out into the Atlantic Ocean from the beach. Despite the danger, Christopher was not afraid. His autism causes him to lack a fear of death.
While he was comforted by the water, Walter was able to feed off his son’s courage and keep it together. Instead of panicking, they were calm. It enabled them to survive 12 hours in the open sea before they were rescued by fishermen and the Coast Guard.
Check out the article for the full story, it’s amazing!