Heartless anti-vaxxers troll a cancer victim with a fake meme and accuse him of causing his own illness
- Nikhil Autar has been battling an aggressive form of leukaemia for eight years
- A meme insinuating that being vaccinated caused him to get cancer went viral
- Comments attacked Mr Autar and criticised his position as a medical researcher
A cancer patient has been relentlessly trolled by anti-vaxxers who accused him of causing his own illness.
Sydney man Nikhil Autar has been battling an aggressive form of leukaemia for eight years, but now he’s also fighting against vicious online trolls who say being vaccinated is what gave him cancer.
The meme insinuating that being vaccinated caused him to get cancer went viral on Facebook on Monday.
Medical researcher Nikhil Autar (pictured) has been battling an aggressive form of leukaemia for eight years, but now he’s also fighting against vicious online trolls who say being vaccinated is what gave him cancer
The meme (pictured) made by anti-vaxxers insinuating that Nikhil Autar’s use of vaccines is what caused him to get cancer
The meme shows a smiling Mr Autar before his diagnosis where he is posing on a fishing trip, and then after his diagnosis in a hospital bed with his skin damaged from leukemia treatment.
Comments on the post took aim at Mr Autar, criticising his position as a medical researcher and saying that his use of vaccines is what caused his illness.
‘Sorry but you couldn’t get a more perfect image of someone prostituted by big pharma,’ one comment reads. ‘He is so dosed up on a cocktail of steroids, vaccines, pain relief, anti inflammatories and God knows what else.’
‘I feel sorry for him, but should he dare to promote the fluvax which is nothing more than an assault on his already slaughtered immune system then he can surely handle the elephant in the room.’
‘You got leukemia from vaccines,’ another comment says. ‘You’ve been abused and gas-lighted by a bunch of psychopaths in white coats. You have a decision to make, though I know you won’t.’
‘Does his face look like that because of all the jabs he’s taken?’ another comment reads. ‘His lungs will fail faster from fluvax than from possibly getting pneumonia.’
Comments on the post took aim at Mr Autar, criticising his position as a medical researcher and saying that his use of vaccines is what caused his illness
As a medical student and cancer vaccine researcher, Mr Autar said that being accused of causing his own cancer is ‘disappointing’.
He said that aside from being mocked for his appearance, he was also told he ‘deserved’ to be sick.
While the meme was only shared online from Monday, the 25-year-old said he has been the victim of anti-vaxxer and anti-science groups’ abuse for many years.
‘The idea that someone would accuse someone of having caused their own cancer… it’s disappointing, it’s frustrating,’ Mr Autar told news.com.au.
‘Basically the reason why that meme struck a nerve was not because it berated my looks or even me looking unhealthy. But more the idea that I caused my cancer. That somehow this is something I deserve, and that’s something that you hear a lot from people.’
Mr Autar (pictured) has completed 22 rounds of chemotherapy in his eight years of battling cancer
Mr Autar was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia when he was 17 and has completed 22 rounds of chemotherapy.
He took to his Facebook page on Wednesday to address the heartless trolls.
‘Antivaxxers suck. But it’s not like yesterday was my first clash with them,’ Mr Autar posted.
‘It should never be okay to suggest someone is responsible for their illness, especially when (a) that illness isn’t something they can’t help and (b) when what you assert ’causes’ the illness, or your prescribed ‘cure’, has no effect on it.’
‘But if they do or say crazy, and yes, cruel stuff like this, do point out how screwed up that is. At the very least, you’ll help the person being trampled.’
‘No-one deserves to cop this crap. Ever.’
Mr Autar (pictured) said he’s been the victim of anti-vaxxer and anti-science groups’ abuse for many years