My court case v HPV vaccine
When I started this case in October 2015 there were 90 girls affected, now in December just 2 months later that figure has gone up to almost 200 girls.
To date, I have been in court 4 times which has cost 1,400 Euros in total. I have represented myself so far but the case is getting complicate and is much more challenging than I anticipated. I have therfore decided to get legal representation to ensure that there will be a temporary withdrawal of this vaccine until it has been properly investigated.
This is my story.
My daughter Aoife, received the HPV vaccine on September 12th 2011. Previous to the HPV vaccine, Aoife was a healthy normally developing 12 year old girl. She had no previous illnesses or know allergies. She was very bubbly and outgoing, and was involved in many activities such as hiking, cycling, swimming and camogie. She enjoyed going to school.
This all changed after she received the first dose of the HPV vaccine. A day after the vaccination she developed a severe flu like illness which lasted 10 days. She had bizarre symptoms such as hallucinations and could not bear being touched as it hurt so much all over her body. She was unable to leave her bed during this time. I myself am a nurse and at that time I thought that this was due to a viral infection.
Without any further thought,I agreed to the second dose of the vaccine two months later on November 14th. Within hours of getting the vaccine Aoife became very ill. Strikingly, her symptoms were the exact same as she had after the first vaccine. This convinced me that it was the vaccine that was the cause of this unusual severe illness. Like before these severe symptoms lasted a full 10 days. Not long after this Aoife started to have recurring infections
I was initially hopeful that these would pass, however new symptoms arose in ever changing combinations. Aoife’s general health declined rapidly, despite all therapeutic efforts, including visits to the GP, referrals to a Consultant in Paediatric Medicine, a Consultant Physiotherapist and a Dietician.
I am a single mother so I had no choice but to care for her daughter. I am now out of work 4 years and Aoife is in receipt of disability allowance. During the past 4 years there have been glimpses of hope, when she had short periods of relief, but these are always followed by an increasingly longer period of being completely incapacitated.
Besides ongoing physical pains, Aoife cannot concentrate for any length of
time and is only able to attend school sporadically. She goes through phases of black depression. A daily feature is her complete lack of energy and lack of attentiveness. She spends so many afternoons lying on the sofa looking out at friends playing on the green, simply not even having the energy to sit on the kerb to chat with them.
To date 194 girls in the Republic of Ireland have come forth reporting severe ongoing ill effects after the HPV vaccine. They all experience similar devastating symptoms. All these girls were healthy before getting the HPV vaccine.
This problem is a worldwide problem, in Denmark at the end of June 2015, a county with a similar population to Ireland, 1,586 girls have reported side effects from this vaccine. 543 of these reports are serious and severe. Denmark now have five clinics established specifically to diagnose and treat these cases.
Many people will be aware that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have recently been asked by Denmark to look into the serious health problems after HPV vaccine.
As a result of this request from Denmark the EMA carried out a safety review . The EMA said at the start of their review that the review would not change the risk benefit balance of the vaccine , they concluded at the end of the review by saying that they will be making no changes to any of the recommendations.
A quick look at the EMA review gives an impression that all safety concerns have been addressed, however on closer inspection, the EMA say that the method they used to assess reports of serious injury in the review are not a means of assessing causality ie they do not say if the girls serious illnesses are or are not caused by the vaccine . When Denmark asked for a safety review they were looking for further clarification of the safety issue of the vaccine as their own investigations could not determine if the vaccine was at fault, neither could it rule out the vaccine. So the EMA review failed to directly address the concerns raised by Denmark.
Interestingly on the 24th of October, the Danish government allocated
€900,000 to fund an independent study into the side effects of the HPV vaccine.
Japan took Gardasil off its recommended list of safe vaccines in 2013 because of the high rate of serious side effects reported. They reviewed this decision earlier this year and have decided not to change this recommendation. They have introduced guidelines to help with treating and diagnosing girls who present with suspected adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine.
What has been done to my daughter cannot be undone. I will personally have to carry this burden till the end of my life, as it was I that gave consent to this vaccine. I personally gain nothing by winning this case. I feel terribly guilty for ever consenting to this vaccination and for not having taken decisive action in the past once it became perfectly clear to me that the HPV vaccination is the cause of all of this. Every day there are new reports of more innocent girls being struck down by these devastating and long lasting vaccine side effects. Their lives are destroyed and their future is bleak. All of this could have been prevented.
The above is the basis of my legal challenge asking the HPRA to withdraw the license for the HPV vaccine.
Thank you for reading
EMA could create a problem orders of magnitude greater than declining participation rates in HPV
screening programmes. Should the concerns over possible harms of the HPV vaccine be confirmed,
the trust in the EMA and in vaccines in general may be damaged beyond repair. In fact, we know that
the EMA’s handling of the HPV controversy - pretending that we have sufficient knowledge when we
haven’t - has already become a PR disaster. In Funen, the uptake of the vaccine decreased from 74%
to 31% in just one year (18).
In the High Court just over a week ago the HPRA stated that they can withdraw the license for this vaccine when there is evidence of serious harm.
The number of girls seriously ill since getting this vaccine is now over 300 and still increasing.
In these circumstances it would seem prudent that the vaccine should be withdrawn pending an investigation.
I am devastated that the Court did not act to protect the public from future harm but decided against granting a withdrawal mainly on the grounds of the type of withdrawal that I have asked for.
There is an option to appeal the recent decision but I am not convinced that I have the personal energy and resources to fight this battle.
I am very, very grateful for all the support and generous donations that I have received so far. I will continue to raise awareness in any way I can so that girls will be protected.
On a very worrying note the Judge has awarded costs against me for bringing this public interest case. This is most distressing as I have not yet covered the costs of the 8 court visits and the legal advice that I needed.
On Tuesday next the 15th of March, the HPRA will be asking the Judge to dismiss my court case.
The HPRA maintain that they will not act to withdraw this license no matter how much medical evidence that I bring to court linking my daughter's disability to this vaccine or no matter how many other girls there are in Ireland with similar disabilities after this vaccine.
On their website they specifically state that have power to act when it comes to the safety of medicines
How awful for you both. The people who should feel guilty are the pharmaceutical companies who cynically hid the truth from parents. You made the best decision you could with the information you were allowed to have. Homeopathy can often help and it can't make things worse. Well done for coming out fighting. Best of luck.
Fiona I am backing you 100%,the crap they have in these vaccines are poisonous debilitating viruses.....wishing you the very best of luck and please do not get disheartened,we need people like you who know and have experienced the side effects to highlight the issue!! These are our mothers,daughters,sisters,nieces and friends!! Again Best Of Luck
p.s. and the levels of autism connected with the MMR, in boys particularly... how can we allow this??
the utter blind faith people have in this type of medication is absurd... as if all a type of drug are safe once called vaccine... and there are many, that are clearly not safe with high doses of toxic chemicals like mercury in them... but if you question your child being injected with above the safe amount of mercury... YOU are the mad one... .. and what is this ridiculous idea that vaccines need everyone to get them or they don;t work? that is the same as saying they don;t work.. if they work, and you get one, you are then surely protected... the idiotic "logic" around the blanket support of vaccines is outrageous.. and GPs should be ashamed to call themselves doctors when they have so little knowledge or care to get information, re their patients safety.
I am so sorry . This sounds very like M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/or the misnamed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ) It is usually precipitated by a viral infection but its generally thought any kind of trauma eg hypothermia, anaesthetic etc can do it so why not a vaccine. Would you consider contacting dr Charles Shepherd of the British M.E. Association to find the name of a health care practitioner who may be able to help with diagnosis and management - be careful, drs can make M.E. worse rather than better. If it is ME I may be able to guide to someone who may assist but diagnosis needs confirmation of course