Teenage girl left brain-damaged after receiving cervical cancer jab
(DailyMail/UK) A teenage girl has been left brain-damaged after suffering epileptic seizures just days after being given the controversial cervical cancer jab.Stacey Jones, 18, suffered her first seizure in March when she was 17, days after she had the Cervarix injection.In the following weeks she had several more fits, causing such severe brain injury that she had to be admitted to a rehabilitation unit, where she is relearning simple tasks.
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:44 AM on 05th October 2009
According to the Sunday Telegraph, the parents of the teenager, from Bilston in the West Midlands, are convinced that the vaccination caused swelling in the brain.
The swelling has been diagnosed as the cause of Stacey’s neurological problems.
Mother, Julie Jones, 44, told the newspaper: ‘She was such a lovely, happy-go-lucky girl, now she is just a shell.
‘I really feel she has been used as a guinea pig.
‘I don’t think there is enough evidence that the vaccination programme is safe – this all happened days after Stacey was given the vaccine, and we don’t have any other explanation for what triggered her brain injury.’
Amid growing concern among parents about the safety of the jab, drug manufacturers insist that there is no evidence to suggest that the vaccine carries any long-term side effects.
This would suggest that the timing of Stacey’s seizures is mere coincidence rather than being linked to the vaccine.
The post-mortem on 14-year-old Coventry schoolgirl Natalie Morton who died hours after having the jab found this week that the girl had died from a malignant tumour on her chest.
However, a leading expert who helped develop the cancer jab today told the Sunday Express that the vaccine may be riskier and more deadly than the cancer it aims to prevent.
The doctor also claimed the jab would do nothing to lower the rates of cervical cancer in the UK.
Dr Diane Harper, who was involved in the clinical trials of Cervarix said the vaccine was being ‘over-marketed’ and parents should be warned about possible side effects.
Dr Harper, of the University of Missouri-Kansas told the newspaper she believed the risks were ‘small but real’.
She said: ‘All this jab will do is prevent girls getting some abnormalities associated with cervical cancer which can be treated.
‘It will not decrease cervical cancer rates at all.
‘Parents need to know this and that in a small number of cases there are serious side effects.’
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