Rosie & Abbie Weatherhead – Stoneleigh, Surrey
Rosie and Abbie, non-identical twins, had their first Cervarix vaccination on 14 October 2008; second vaccination on 1 December 2008; and Abbie only had the third vaccination on 22 April 2009.
To differentiate between the two girls, Rosie is the athletic girl and in love with sports, including football, swimming, netball, running, and rounders, just to name a few. Abbie is more laid back and is not competitive in sporting activities. She is more interested in babies and animals.
Rosie had serious side-effects after the first and second jabs, whilst Abbie had no reactions at all and completed the course of vaccinations.
Rosie, after having the first vaccination, came home in tears, with groin, knee and site pain, whilst Abbie was fine. At that time, we put Rosie’s aches and pains down to a sports injury.
At the second vaccination, Abbie again had no reaction, but, Rosie was now walking funny, with the same pains as before, and unable to take part in any of her beloved sports. Because she was such an active athlete, she attempted to still join at this stage, but the knee and joint pain was so intense she could not even take part in the warm-up.
Rosie struggled to continue going to school, trying to be ‘normal.’ She always wanted to attend school to achieve her ‘Gold Certificate’ for attendance and even with a sporting injury, she would go to school on crutches, if necessary. However, at the beginning of March 2009, Rosie felt so ill she couldn’t go to school. That was when I took her to see her GP.
Her GP was puzzled and referred her to a paediatrician in local hospital, who has in turn sent her to Great Ormond Street Hospital. By the end of that week, in early March, Rosie couldn’t walk, had no energy to even talk, eating was too much of an effort. She had a sore throat, extreme joint pain and extreme fatigue. At this stage, I realized that it was the vaccine which was affecting tosie so badly, and did not let her have the third injection.
The paediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital stated it appeared Rosie has post viral fatigue and that she could have had a virus at time of vaccination and that this has caused the reaction with the vaccine.
We are now almost at the year and a half mark, and yet Rosie’s condition does not improve. She was not well again in February and had to stay off school. The same occurred again just before Easter. Rosie has been back in school full time and started just before Christmas 2009. Rosie’s sore throat is just not going away, and she is being sent to see a specialist at ENT. This illness just keeps changing, and certainly not improving very much.
Rosie has had to deal with a lot from once being such an active athlete doing 2/3 sporting activitied every day to having not enough energy and being in too much pain to walk upstairs. She had to use a wheelchair during the summer, to allow her to get outside but, she tries not to have to do this. All of this has led to a mental struggle to come to terms with her condition. Watching her classmates taking part in the sporting activities she loves, and moving on within the school environment is heartbreaking for her, and for us, as she is not able to move forward with them.
“I did not realise the side effects could be so devastating, otherwise, I would have not allowed either of my two girls to have this vaccine.”
Rosie has also developed an eye condition following vaccination – she has developed what is called ‘dry eyes,’ and has to put drops in every day. Rosie did not have any eye problems prior to this vaccination.
Latest update, April 2010:
Since last summer, Rosie has improved and is able to take part, albeit at a reduced level, in some of her sporting activities. She may have one or two little blips, but is much better than she was. That is so welcomed, and we hope she continues to improve each and every day until fully recovered.
Reference: Rebecca Ramagge, Surrey, also was a very athletic girl and took part in tennis tournaments. Rebecca’s conditions are very similar to Rosie’s. Rebecca was also an asthma sufferer.
Lucy Davies also was an athletic girl, a budding swimmer, who would swim 30,000 to 40,000 metres per week, has been diagnosed with ME, but started off with a very bad throat and could not speak. She then developed trembling in her arm and leg, and was unable to walk.
Conclusion: Perhaps someone should seriously look into why young athletic girls are harmed. This occurs widely with young girls and women who have had Gardasil or Cervarix. Athletic girls are suffering serious side-effects. There has to be a connection.