Post-Cervarix Syndrome: Lucy from the UK

By Steve Hinks

Our daughter, Lucy, contracted measles the week after her MMR vaccination. The following weekend she was admitted to a hospital isolation ward with suspected meningitis. A few weeks later, she developed an enlarged lymph node in her neck which persisted until it was surgically removed. So, when she brought a consent form for HPV vaccination home from school, her mother and I were reluctant to grant permission for her to take the series of three shots.

However, the school nurse assured my wife that Cervarix was quite safe – nothing like the MMR vaccine Lucy had such a bad experience with previously. She stressed that this vaccine would protect our 13-year-old daughter from cervical cancer. What parent could resist an opportunity to provide such a safety net for their daughter?

Putting aside our prior negative experience, we decided to grant consent for Lucy to receive her HPV vaccination series. We had no idea how much this decision would impact our lives.

Lucy before Cervarix

Lucy before Cervarix

Before receiving Cervarix, Lucy was the normal, healthy young woman pictured on the left. She had an excellent attendance record at school and was among the top students in her class.

We had to take her to the doctor a couple of times after her first and second injection of Cervarix. She was feeling tired and exhibiting flu-like symptoms. It was unusual for Lucy, but no one thought it was anything to be too concerned about.

On the 4th of May 2011, Lucy received her third and final injection of Cervarix. Shortly after, she called her mother to pick her up from school and bring her home. Lucy said she felt like she had the flu and was exhausted. Nevertheless, she pushed herself to go to school the next day since it was exam time. Her mother and I had no idea at the time that this was the beginning of the end of our normal life.

Lucy’s health began to deteriorate rapidly. She started having persistent migraines, unexplained fatigue, joint and muscle pain, unusual bruising, abdominal pain, memory loss, and poor circulation. She lost her appetite and began to lose weight. She constantly felt cold. We took her to the hospital several times, including two admissions.

No one could identify the cause of our daughter’s mysterious symptoms. The only clue we had was Lucy’s first pediatric consultant wrote a note to her GP stating:

“It is quite possible that this will turn out to be a reaction to the HPV vaccine.”

On the 4th of July, Lucy collapsed with exhaustion and had to be taken to the doctor again. By this time, she had already lost a stone (14 pounds). Her chronic fatigue became uncontrollable. Lucy began to sleep 23 hours out of every day. We could rouse her enough to get some soft food down or some Fiji water but that was all. I can’t count the number of times her mother has gotten up in the middle of the night just to make sure Lucy was still breathing.

By September, Lucy slipped into a coma-like sleep. For the next 13 weeks she could not speak and never opened her eyes. We found ourselves living a parent’s worst nightmare.

Lucy’s new pediatric consultant believed she had extreme-severe CFS/ME. The standard NHS treatment for this condition is graduated exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive behavior therapy, neither of which could be done while Lucy was sleeping.

Just before Christmas 2011, Lucy was visited by the Vice Principal of the largest homeopathy college in the UK who promised to try and make her better. Lucy woke up the next day. It seemed like a miracle – a real-life Prince Charming waking our Sleeping Beauty.

Under this homeopath’s care, Lucy improved incredibly. She became able to feed herself for the first time in months. She can watch television or surf the web for short periods of time. After so many months of watching her live in another world, this seems like a miracle to her mother and me.

Lucy after Cervarix

Lucy after Cervarix

We know we are not out of the woods, but at least now there is hope she will continue to improve. Lucy’s weight loss is still a major concern. She struggles to regain what she has lost. We have watched our 13-year old daughter change from the girl in the photo at the beginning of this article, to the one you see in the photo on the right.

She continued to sleep much more than normal – at least four naps per day. Lucy’s pediatric consultant has told her GP that her condition is “not ME, but a reaction to the injection.”

Believe it, or not, this is not the extent of the changes to all of our lives after HPV vaccination.

During the early months of 2012, Lucy was required to visit a psychiatric consultant every week. When this was not found to be helpful, her counselors wanted to have Lucy admitted to a secure psychiatric unit for a 3-6 month assessment. When we all visited the proposed facility, the senior psychiatric consultant told us that this was not the appropriate place for Lucy. Needless to say, we wholeheartedly agreed.

Lucy continued to improve so much that we began to plan for a family holiday in June. We checked with Lucy’s Nurse, GP and a private medical consultant, who all agreed that she was fit to travel and that it would probably do her some good. Everyone agreed, except for her psychiatric consultant. Just hours prior to our departure, they referred our family to Social Services and the police. Fortunately, we did obtain permission to take our much needed holiday, even though our departure was delayed by several hours causing all of us considerable stress.

Upon our return, no less than three different Social Workers investigated, made their assessments and informed us in writing that there was no need for Social Services to be involved. The letter arrived in September.

Despite this, just prior to Christmas, we learned that the original investigation which began in May was still ongoing and had included a number of meetings to consider the possibility of Fabricated or Induced Illness. No one can possibly imagine the amount of unnecessary stress this creates for our family. How can fabrication even be considered as a possibility?

Our daughter is continuing to improve. She is slowly gaining back some of the weight she lost. In September, her daytime naps stopped. Lucy has even been able to return to school on a part-time basis for the first time in 18 months.

How can anyone possibly think we fabricated her illness when we are fighting so hard to help her get better – with obviously successful results?

The bottom line is: we would give anything to be able to go back and change our minds about granting consent to HPV vaccination for our daughter.

View French translation here, courtesy of Iniative Citoyenne.


  1. They want to silence you. Thank you for speaking out. You are saving lives:)

  2. Health Freedom says:

    Now you know how uneducated and ineffective the system really is. Do your own research first! Always type in the search words; adverse reactions to….

  3. Thank you for sharing your story. Best wishes to Lucy that she continues to improve. You show great courage by speaking out……I’ll be sharing this story on facebook to warn other parents of the dangers of this (and all other) vaccines. We know that vaccines have the potential to damage people, especially children and young people, whose immune systems are still developing – thats why we have a vaccine damage payments system. To other parents out there considering this (or in fact, any) vaccine – you might consider writing to your GP a letter asking him/her to personally guarantee that there will be no adverse side effects in your child. Include, as examples of possible adverse side effects, case studies such as Lucy’s story (there are thousands more), together with the court case judgments from Italy and the US that show that vaccines were responsible for encephalopathy (brain damage) and autism. Tell your GP that when s/he signs a personal and legally binding guarantee, you will consider vaccinating your child.

  4. A doctor at some point probably reported your family to social services since you were correctly claiming the vaccine hurt your daughter. Doctors and the mainstream medical establishment want to keep anyone quiet that will affect their preconceived notions about vaccines.

  5. Janie Sheerin says:

    Thank you for speaking up. Stories of adverse reactions and death from vaccines never reach main stream media. Main stream media is afraid to speak the truth and lose advertising dollars from the drug companies. Vaccines are the only meds that the prescribing doctor and the drug manufacturer carries no responsibility for injury or death. Thus the parent and the vaccine injured are left with no one to turn to but the government for compensation. It has little to do with science and a lot to do with big money for the drug companies. I will not take any vaccine. When we lose control of what is injected into our veins, we have lost our freedom, and we no longer live in a free country.

  6. And yet the Government knows all too well that vaccines can and do damage people, otherwise they wouldn’t have a Vaccine Damage Payment programme.

    So sorry to hear of your daughter’s reaction and I hope that she continues to improve. She is lucky she didn’t end up with Guillain-Barré syndrome, as this has been seen in several recipients of Gardasil, another HPV vaccine

  7. Sherrel Halliday says:

    Thank you, Steve and Lucy, for sharing a very sad, stressful and personal experience.
    My daughter received only 2 HPV jabs in 2010, had severe muscle and joint pain and has never been fully well since.
    The true side effects of the HPV vaccine have been withheld from the public.
    It is the most costly and serious mistake I have ever made.

  8. James Cameron says:

    In 2008, ‘Gulf War Illness and the Health of Gulf War Veterans, Scientific Findings and Recommendations’ pointed to aluminium hydroxide in vaccine as a possible reason for Gulf War Illness:

    Page 119 – 120:

    Each dose of Cervarix contains 0.5 mg of aluminium hydroxide:

    Pager 12:

    I became aware of it in 2011, pointed it out various places online and I think it was November 2011 that I distributed leaflets about it from the Occupy camp at Finsbury Square.

    Best wishes to all of you.

  9. Godofredo says:

    From its inception until the appearance of cervical carcinoma (UCC), takes on average 25 to 30 years, the research of this vaccine have begun in 2000, it is evident that the scientific efficacy of this new vaccine will be determined the years 2025 – 2040.
    HPV not causes definitely the (CCU); at the onset of this disease involves multiple risk factors, including the suspected HPV, but scientificaly is proven by epidemiology and statistics that the sex is what generates this disease .: Mix in 130.000 nuns found not any UCC.
    To accept that a virus or a bacteria causes a infection disease must unfailingly fulfill the five Koch’s postulate
    1 – The agent must be present in every case of the disease and absent from healthy.
    2 – The agent must not appear in other diseases.
    3 – The agent to be isolated in pure culture from disease lesions.
    4 – The agent of causing disease in a susceptible animal being inoculated.
    5 – The agent must again be isolated lesions in experimental animals.
    Consequently, HPV not fulfill not any principle of Koch’s postulate. by not meeting this postulate, that is accepted as dogma in medicine, scientifically we must be ensure that the HPV is not the causative agent to the UCC..
    Until August 2012 this vaccine produced only in the United States: 265.640 adverse events ( 264,162 females, 9490 males and 5290 unknow sex); permnent disability 8910( 8890 females, 90 males and 110 unknow sex), 1220 deaths (1011 females, 70 males and 140 unknow sex), abnormal PAP 4930, cervical dysplasia 1970 and cervical cancer 570
    The Vaccine efects advers reactions (VAERS) ensures that only complaint between 1% to 10% of the adverse effects produced by this evil vaccine;this figures shown are calculated according to the statements of the VAERS: to 10%.
    Dr. Harper, who contributed to the development of the vaccine by Merck, reports that the vaccine was not investigated in children under 15 years and the vaccine given to children under 11 years is a big public experiment.
    The vaccine was approved to give girls uncontaminated with HPV, Dr. Howenstinc ensures that the women are vaccinated with HPV contaminated, have the possibility to acquire a 44.6% CCU / Howenstine/james170.htm.
    Merck did not disclose that the vaccine was transgenic, the Sane Vax has discovered, which is transgenic because it has been found that the vaccine is contaminated with DNA recombinant vaccine Gardasil (DNArPVH) and has raised its concerns to the president of the FDA Margaret Hamburg. The FDA replied that the vaccine will not cause any damage transgenic
    A vaccinated child was ill with rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease. 24 hours after vaccination and found that the aluminum adhered to DNArPVH, two years after vaccination and in autopsy 6 months after death in a New Zeland girl Jazmine Renata which had recibed this deadly vaccines
    Management time to get market approval of a drug the FDA is at least three years, it is a drug for cancer 15 years, but the authorization Merck had only six months and the European Medicines Agency (EMA in English) only 9 months: To introduce the vaccine are using the marketing of fear
    HPV is ubiquitous; lives in wild and domestic animals, pollute us from birth, is on the doorknobs, on towels, on nails, on fomites, in gloves and specula of gynecologists,. sexual intercourse is not the only means of contamination.
    HPV also lives in the 400 nm outermost of our skin and mucous membranes. ,
    If you live in our skin, our immune system produces cellular and humoral immunity is acquired or that our body is self vaccinatinge by PVHs living on our skin and mucous ..
    The PVHs is not distributed uniformly worldwide. It has been found that in Canada HPV 18 only reaches 3%; is more often HPV 31, in my country Peru no studies have determined that HPV types predominate; Gardasil contains 225 mcg. aluminum and Cervarix 500 mcg, that produce the Alzheimer, Parkinson and autism, produce too neurotoxic and immune system disorders (Blaylock 2012) and Polisorbato 80, a powerful contraceptive, that in experimental animals produces sterility, atrophy of the testicles and disturbance organic and funtional of the organs of the reproduction; is carcinogenic and mutagenic; also contains sodium borate considered poison unused in medicinal preparations (NLM)
    Have been discovered to date 200 types of HPV; HPV is not infectious, contagious; the intercourse is not only that the persons is contaminated
    On 22-11-2010 FDA approved Gardasil for males aged 9 to 26 to prevent warts and cancer to the anus, is overkill
    For the reasons from deep Peru Huancayo, I believe that this vaccine is a fraud?, robbery?, swindle?, rough joke?,crime?
    The HPV is not scientifically proved for the moment that produce the UCC its effectiveness shall be verified just the years of 2025-2040.
    Dr. Godofredo Arauzo
    E mail: godo.ara@

  10. I recently took my 13 year old daughter to the doctor for a routine sports physical that is required to play sports in school. I knew she was not due for any vaccinations, so I told her to not worry about getting any shots this time. I have been slightly pressured in past visits to get her the HPV vaccination, but have declined because I didn’t know enough about it. They took her back for the physical and said parents needed to wait outside. When she came back from seeing the doctor, she was holding her arm and said that the shot was really painful. I was dumbfounded! They gave her the HPV vaccination without my consent! I confronted the nurse about it and she said that the receptionist said I gave my approval. This is completely false! The receptionist never asked me! They later apologized and said that this was a terrible mistake and that she was the only one it happened to out of all the many sports physicals they were giving at the Kaiser clinic. Really? I think there is an agenda out there to give our kids this vaccine for whatever reason. What is the reason? She has been sick since this happened. Flu like symptoms and an ear infection. Is this a reaction to the vaccination? I really don’t know. I am so very angry that they took that power away from me to say NO.

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