Super Taldo: the famous case of the Chilean child with Tourette’s syndrome

Agustín Arenas Cardozo, Known as super Taldo, Is the protagonist of a very popular video in Chile which was recorded 41 years ago and which recently (a few years ago) went viral on the Internet.

The interview was conducted by the journalist Bernardo de la Maza to a boy who at the time was 14 years old and who was being treated in a psychiatric hospital because he suffered from Tourette’s syndrome.

The interview was carried out on April 12, 1974 by TVN, but was not broadcast to safeguard the dignity of little Augustine, who at the time had strong tics and spoke bad words because of her pathology. The recording remained hidden until, in the midst of the social media boom, the video was leaked and distributed on various pages. He has gone viral for his flashy behavior.

Who is Super Taldo?

Agustín Gerardo Arenas Cardozo is a Chilean character born in 1960 and better known as Súper Taldo or AGAC (His initials). He became famous for a video that became popular on the Internet in which he appeared because he suffered from Tourette’s syndrome. Oddly enough, the acronyms for Tourette’s syndrome coincide with those for Super Taldo.

At the time of the interview, Augustine was 14 years old. The interviewer was journalist Bernardo De la Maza, a former TVN news anchor. Agustin was suffering from Tourette’s syndrome and the interviewer came across a child who suffered from nervous tics and was shouting inappropriate words, which is called coprolalia. Despite the suffering of this condition, Augustine was a restless, dreamy, sincere and intelligent person.

A report that has gone viral on the internet

During the audiovisual interview, the journalist can be seen very calm, while Agustí repeats inappropriate remarks. Agustí claims to be an amateur writer and creator of comics. In fact, he’s nicknamed Super Taldo by a self-created character who gave him that name. The character of Super Taldo is, in the words of Augustine himself, a superhero in a self-created novel that deals with crime, injustice and discrimination.

The reason the video never appeared a few years ago is the inappropriate language that Agustín Arenas unwittingly used. The report was finally made public about 25 years later, after a leak on Chilean national television. Some time later it was posted on the internet, where it quickly went viral for the odd behavior shown by young Super Taldo..

Below you can see the report from Super Taldo which went viral:

What is Tourette’s syndrome?

the Tourette’s syndrome O SGilles de Tourette syndrome (It bears the name of Georges Gilles de Tourette, who was the first to describe this disorder in 1885) is a neurological disorder characterized by the sufferer makes involuntary movements and sounds without a specific purpose.

These movements are repeated intermittently and in stressful situations they often increase. Some of the sounds may include inappropriate language (for example, slurs or obscenities). The first symptoms usually appear between the ages of eight and eleven. Men are three to four times more likely to suffer from Tourette’s syndrome than women.

There is no scientific consensus on the causes, although some hypotheses suggest that its origin could be associated with a chemical alteration in certain regions of the brain (alterations in the amount of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin). Various research has concluded that Tourette’s syndrome is an inherited condition.

You can read more about this condition in our article: “Tourette’s syndrome: what is it and how does it manifest?”

Super Taldo today

But what happened to Super Taldo? And the life of this character? Many wonder if Augustine still suffers from Tourette’s syndrome or if, on the contrary, he managed to rebuild his life without the presence of tics. In 2004, thanks to a Chilean television program, Súper Taldo reappeared in television format. Agustí still lives in the municipality of Conchalí, but his illness is under control thanks to the treatment he underwent and the three operations he underwent. He barely has any tics, although he still suffers from some involuntary reflexes.

Agustí tells us that what really helped him was the phosphorus therapy, Which consists in building models of phosphorus to be able to learn to control tics. Agustín Arenas currently has a daughter, works in a packaging company and enjoys cycling.

Don’t miss the recovered video of Super Taldo below. An example of courage, dignity and struggle is that of this gentleman.

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