By Ann Fitzpatrick from Carlow, Republic of Ireland
My daughter turned 15 in February of 2015. Once she had lots of friends and participated in many activities both in school and at home. She did Irish dancing from 4 years of age, played football for her parish and county, and was awarded 2nd place in the world handwriting competition. She was great in school. In short, she was healthy, active and happy.
All of that changed shortly after she got her first injection of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil in October 2012.
By November she started having seizures. Since then she has had chest pains, vision problems, non-epileptic seizures, low blood pressure, inflammation of the stomach and small bowel, reflux, is very tired and has no energy. She has a pulse rate that can go up to 216 just walking 10 feet, or 178 sitting down. She has been told so many things by doctors in the last 2 1/2 years that she does not even want to go near them anymore
In April 2013, due to the number of seizures she was having at school, she was told by the school administration that she wouldn’t be allowed to attend anymore ‘for health and safety reasons’. They said that she should be home-schooled instead. So my daughter went to the papers and told her story. She let people know that she wanted to go to school and that they could not stop her. She is now in Junior Cert year but has only got 5 hours a week of home schooling.
I have reported the HPV vaccine connection in every hospital Carol has been in over the last two-and-a-half years. I reported the connection to the HSE and Medical Council.
I was told by an American neurologist that was over Carol that if Gardasil did not cause her new seizures, it contributed to them.
All I have heard from other doctors is that she is a complicated case. Even at the start of her seizures, one Doctor in Kilkenny said he would not like to take her on. Then we had other doctors trying to make out it was all in her head who then sent her to people who told her they could not help her.
In my opinion it’s them that need help. They need to open their eyes and see what the health system has done to a child. Two and a half years and still they have no answers.
No words can express how I feel about all of this. I just want my daughter’s life back the way it was before she got this injection. I want the support of our health system. I want them to do whatever tests and treatments necessary to help her recover her normal life.