One Mother’s Plea

May 30, 2009

By Leslie Botha & Cynthia Janak

Karen Maynor of New Mexico lost her daughter, Megan Hild to the Gardasil vaccine on November 15, 2008.Megan was a healthy, vital 20-year-old young woman with great aspirations –and no history of previous medical problems. Megan had just finished the second in the series of the Gardasil vaccination in September of 2008.

On November 15, Megan called her family’s home to let them know that she would be over later in the morning.That was the last that anyone heard from her.Days before Megan had complained of severe headaches (migraines) and stomach pains.

Two hours later, Karen received a phone call from Megan’s fiancé that her daughter had died while taking a shower.When she arrived at Megan’s home along with the emergency units, Megan’s limbs were already blackened.It was estimated that she had been dead about 1½ to 2 hours before found.Although the initial autopsy report cited that cause of death was “unknown,” there was documentation of vaginal hemorrhaging, blood in the foamy fluid found in Megan’s mouth and nostrils that had come from the lungs.

Ever since, Karen has been on a relentless pursuit of trying to understand why her daughter died so unexpectedly.She like, many other mothers in the United States have linked Gardasil to their daughter’s unexplained medical conditions and death.

Karen has been in touch with her state senator to alert them of the Gardasil issue and the harm that it is doing to adolescent girls.Below is a copy of the letter sent to the New Mexico Department of Health.

Dr Alfredo Vigil, Secretary
New Mexico Department of Health
11901 South Saint Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87502

May 12, 2009

Dear Secretary Vigil:

I was recently contacted by a constituent, Karen Maynor, concerned about the possible side effects of the vaccine against Human Papillomavirus (HPV), known as Gardasil. Unfortunately, her young daughter, Megan died from an unexplained cause of death a short time after having taken the vaccine.

In trying to find some answers to Megan’s death, Ms. Maynor discovered there have been several cases of unexplained deaths as well as incidents of paralysis, convulsions, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in young women after taking the vaccine. It appears that the side effects have not been fully explored by the medical community. While there is no conclusive proof that the vaccine causes these conditions, her research has found that many members of the public are unaware that these serious conditions have been linked to the vaccine.

Although the approval of drugs is done at the federal level, I encourage you and other health professionals in New Mexico to bring this issue to the public’s attention and begin the dialogue that may encourage federal health agencies to investigate the possible consequences of vaccination. It is important that parents be told about possible risks before deciding whether to allow their children to be vaccinated.

I stand ready to assist you in anyway I can and look forward to working with you on this issue. Thank you for your consideration.


Michael S. Sanchez
Senate Majority Leader

On May 19, 2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine issued this press advisory in regards to Genetically Modified Foods.  If genetically modified food poses a serious enough health risk for the AAEM to issue this advisory, what kind of health risks can be associated with a Genetically Modified Vaccine?

Wichita, KS – The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) today released its position paper on Genetically Modified foods stating that “GM foods pose a serious health risk” and calling for a moratorium on GM foods. Citing several animal studies, the AAEM concludes “there is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects” and that “GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health.”

We conclude this paper with a video of Karen Maynor on the day that she scattered Megan’s ashes in the mountains of Colorado, as she makes a plea to the Obama administration and to the world requesting officials investigate the Gardasil vaccine before there is any more unnecessary loss of life.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.