September 20, 2009
By Lucy Johnston
SOCIAL workers are poised to take a teenager into care after her mother claimed she was left paralysed from a cervical cancer jab.
They are deciding whether to issue care proceedings against Cheryl Cave, claiming she created her daughter’s health problems through “emotional abuse”.
Ashleigh Cave, 13, has been in and out of hospital since she was given the jab last year. She is unable to walk unaided, is incontinent and has developed severe joint pains. Doctors are unable to explain her symptoms.
Cheryl, 38, from Aintree, Liverpool, said a social worker from Sefton Council said she suspected her of having Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a controversial condition in which people are said to invent an illness in another person to gain attention for themselves.
She said: “I feel like I am being punished for voicing my opinion.
“Ashleigh should be in school with her friends but instead she has been in hospital for nearly a year. I believe the vaccine caused her problems and I want someone to be held to account.”