Cervarix Injured: Stacy Jones, West Midlands

Stacey Jones

Stacey Jones – Bilston, West Midlands

Received three Cervarix vaccinations – 15 November 2008, 24 January 2009, 16 May 2009 – Age 17

Extract from the Telegraph newspaper, 3 October 2009:

“Stacey Jones, 17, suffered her first epileptic seizure days after having the Cervarix injection, which is being offered to all schoolgirls under a Government programme.”

“In the weeks which followed, she had dozens more fits, which caused such severe brain injury that she has been admitted to a rehabilitation unit, which is helping her to relearn basic tasks like making a sandwich.”

“The parents of the teenager, from Bilston in West Midlands, are convinced that the final vaccination triggered swelling in the brain, which has been diagnosed as the cause of her neurological problems. Julie and Kerry Jones say that as a result, their “happy-go-lucky” girl became paranoid and violent, leaving her family in despair.”

“When the teenager became increasingly emotional in the weeks following her first two jabs, in November and January, her parents thought their easy-going daughter was finally succumbing to adolescent mood swings. But, within four days of her third injection on the 16th May 2009, Stacey suffered an epileptic seizure, followed by 17 more in the following week. The fits continued for months, while the teenager became increasingly disturbed and psychotic, hearing voices and making murderous threats. doctors said the epilepsy was caused by swelling of the brain, but the family (at that time) has been given no explanation as to how the damage occurred.”

Julie spoke to the neurologist, Dr. Corston, and asked him if he had come across encephalitis before and he replied, “I have dealt with two cases of encephalitis in the last five years, but it has been about twenty years since I have seen it this serious.”

Update:  Stacey’s form of encephalitis was a very rare form – Encephalitis – anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis which in effect is an antibody attacking the brain. This type in Stacey’s case was not caused by an infection.

Stacey’s mum makes these comments:  “When you go to see your GP and medication is prescribed, there is always a patient information leaflet in with your medication. This leaflet gives you information about your medication and tells you about the side effects that you can get when taking this medication. It will also give you a list of serious side effects and it will tell you that if you suffer from any of these symptoms, then stop taking this medication immediately and seek medical advice. Stacey was suffering serious side effects after taking her epilepsy medication ‘Carbamazepine,’ but it was not noticed by trained nurses during her eight week stay in hospital. Her dad was the one who commented that within 10 minutes of her having this medication she became aggressive.

Stacey was discharged from New Cross Hospital on Wednesday, 15th July and was transferred to Penn Psychiatric Hospital. We objected to Stacey being transferred here, because we had been told by a psychiatrist that Stacey’s problem was a medical issue and not a mental one.

We were contacted the next day to fetch Stacey home because it wasn’t the right environment for her and we then had six weeks of physical and verbal aggression.”

In September 2009, Stacey was admitted to an NHS rehabilitation unit for brain injury, where she is relearning simple tasks. Seizures are minimised by five types of medication, but the teenager’s memory has been badly damaged.

Mrs. Jones, 44, said, “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.”

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