- Lucy Hinks is unable to walk or talk after having injections at school
- Parents warn others to check on potential side effects of Cervarix vaccine
Last updated at 4:31 PM on 14th November 2011
A schoolgirl has been left in a ‘waking coma’, too exhausted to open her eyes or speak, after having a cervical cancer vaccine.Last October and again a month later, Lucy Hinks joined her classmates at school in Wigton in Cumbria to have the HPV jab Cervarix as part of a country-wide programme.
By Christmas, she had visited the doctor several times with flu-like symptoms, tiredness and joint pain.
After the third injection of the vaccine, in May this year, Lucy began to experience extreme exhaustion.
Her health has now deteriorated to such an extent that for the past seven weeks she has slept for up to 23 hours day.
Lucy is also unable to walk or even talk to her devastated family.
Today, her mother Pauline and father Steve, who works for Pirelli, reveal the stress their family is enduring and their fears that it could be years before she recovers.
They now care for Lucy – who has lost nearly three stone – around the clock and describe their lives as a ‘living nightmare’.
The couple, from Port Carlisle, Cumbria, are urging parents to find out about the potential side effects of the vaccine, Cervarix.
Their warning comes as thousands of year eight pupils prepare to receive the vaccine in schools.
Mrs Hinks said: ‘I would not wish what we’ve been through on anyone.
‘I’ve not seen the whites of Lucy’s eyes for weeks and nobody can tell us when it will turn.
‘I would urge parents to get all the facts, gather as much information as you can. Decide for yourself if it’s right for your child.’