By Deb Farris
May 20, 2011
Gabi Swank graduated from South High School last night, after doctors told her she wouldn’t live this long.
“Two years ago they told me I wouldn’t be here right now, so it’s a big accomplishment,” said Swank just moments after she walked across the stage at Koch Arena with her seizure dog Robinson Thursday night.
“She did it. She did it, ” said Mom Shannon Schrag. “I didn’t know if she would, but she did.”
Like millions of teenagers, Gabi got the Gardasil vaccine at 15. It’s the drug that is given to protect against the virus that causes most cervical cancers. Within weeks Gabi started having side effects, like seizures, muscle aches and dizziness. After months of testing, a Wichita neurologist diagnosed Gabi with cerebral vasculatis, a terminal disease. He blames it on the Gardasil.
[Note from SaneVax: Congratulations, Gabi! Your courage and perserverance is a shining example for everyone. The SaneVax Team wishes you all the best in your future endeavors.]