HPV Vaccines and Christa Valdez: a mother’s search for justice


March 29, 3:55 PMVaccines ExaminerNorma Erickson

Crista Valdez lost her only daughter a few short months after her last Gardasil injection. The date was August 31, 2007. Today, she is still searching for answers.

Crista wants to know how this vaccine was approved for use so quickly when the clinical trials clearly indicated there could be serious side effects and even death. She wants to know who in their right mind would unleash a vaccine on the general public when there were over 500 reports of seizures and 37 ‘unexplained’ deaths during the clinical trials. Crista wants to know why the medical professionals, responsible for keeping children healthy, do not explain the potential risks involved with the HPV vaccine before they allow their patients to take those risks. (Note: verify these facts by reading the prescribing information packet for Gardasil)

Crista is angry and wants answers to her questions. Here is her side of the HPV vaccine story:

My daughter was only 18 years old at the time of her death. She was supposed to be beginning her life. She had just graduated from high school and started to look for a job. She was deciding whether to enroll in Vocational School or College. She had just purchased her first car and was ready for the world. She loved life so much.

On August 24, we left to go camping in the mountains. We had so much fun. That was the last weekend the whole family spent together. No one knew her life was coming to an end.

On Thursday, August 30, she babysat for my 2 year old niece, whom she just adored. The three of us went out for dinner, came home and watched a movie together. My sister-in-law picked the baby up. Then, Santana and I watched another movie together. At about 10:15, we decided it was time for bed.

She said nothing about feeling bad, or being ill. Santana just went about her normal nightly routine. She got up, kissed me goodnight, brushed her teeth, put her retainer in, washed her hair and put it up in a ponytail, just like she always did. She texted a few of her friends just like normal.

The next morning, I came home from work frantic because she had not answered her cell phone all morning. We had a habit of calling each other frequently every day. When I got there, I found her lying face down in her bed, in a pool of blood. She had been gone for so long…..

The Office of Medical Investigation said she had laid there so long that her membranes just released all that pressure, but I know that is not true because the smell in her room from the blood just didn’t smell like blood. It had a strong chemical-like odor. I will never forget that smell!



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.