Spink, Henry

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Spink, Henry Gender: M
born on 26 January 1988 at 15:25 (= 3:25 PM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 05°54' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 14°43 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 23°47'


British child with severe perplexing disabilities; he's the inspiration for the Henry Spink Foundation Although he wasborn after an easy labor and his post-natal tests showed perfect results, he showed signs of distress 24 hours after birth. His mother noted that his stare was vacant and he would not feed. Doctors remained perplexed when further tests found no problem. Finally when the child was three months old, a doctor suggested that he suffered from brain damage.

Since his birth, his mother has conceived three other children. Only one has survived, named Freddie. He too is severely handicapped. The children's father is Michael Spink, a director of his family's fine art firm, Spink and Son. Their mother is a descendant of the Duke of Sutherland.

At two years old Henry remained inert though brain scans were normal. With geneticists' assurances, his mother conceived again. Within 15 minutes of his Caesarean birth, Freddie was on life-support, missing half his diaphram and suffering other internal damage. He somehow survived but neither child was able to walk unaided. Finally, in the late 1990s, tests commissioned by their mother showed that Henry suffered severe cellular magnesium deficiencies and linked Henry's enzyme defect to traces of mercury poisoning in her. Henry's health problems continue to be somewhat mysterious but his mother says that on the day of his first magnesium injection, he stopped having fits, has taken his first steps, is starting to communicate and feed himself.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes a newspaper article for date and time, noting "the place of birth is not given so London is presumed..." The article is My Dream of a Future for Henry; interview with Henrietta Spink" By Mary Riddell. 18 March 1996 The Times


  • Personal : Birth : Defects, Handicaps (Multiple and mysterious, possibly caused by mercury)