May 17, 2010
North Hollywood, California, May 17, 2010 — North Hollywood, CA. Rosemary Mathis, co-founder of TruthAboutGardasil.org was interviewed for an expose, Mom Blames Teen’s Illness on HPV Vaccine on NBC affiliate WXII12 – http://www.wxii12.com/news/23519907/detail.html in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Tuesday, May 11. The interview garnered national and international attention and has been posted on Fox, MSNBC, Yahoo, You Tube and legal sites for attorneys representing other injured girls.
The article and video have been viewed by thousands and Mathis has received hundreds of emails from other concerned parents. In addition, the TruthAboutGardasil web site has had thousands of hits since the interview aired.
Mathis’ exposure to Gardasil began at a routine visit to her daughter’s pediatrician who encouraged her daughter Lauren, then 12, to get the vaccination. According to Rosemary, “I always trusted my doctors. I always fully trusted all vaccines. I am not anti-vaccine at all, so I let him give it to her and should not have done that. But I did.”
Soon after that, Lauren became bedridden and over the next year and a half missed over 100 days of school. She was diagnosed with an enlarged liver, nonfunctioning gallbladder, and internal sores in her abdomen. The Gardasil product insert and TV commercials claim that side effects include pain, swelling, itching, redness around the injection site, fever and dizziness. Mathis states that none of the side effects her daughter experienced are on that list.
After seeking medical help over the next year, a doctor at Duke Medical University finally confirmed that Lauren’s illness was directly related to a vaccine. The HPV vaccine is the only vaccination Lauren had received.
Today Rosemary is a staunch advocate for educating parents, legislators and anyone else who will listen about the dangers of Gardasil. She along with Marian Greene of North Carolina, whose daughter Holly was also adversely injured from Gardasil founded TruthAboutGardasil.org.
Mathis and Greene became part of a larger international group of women already working on researching, gathering data and educating parents worldwide about the potential dangers of the HPV vaccines. In March of this year, six of the women including Mathis, Karen Maynor from New Mexico, whose daughter, Megan Hild, died after receiving Gardasil, Freda Birrell from Scotland, Janny Stokvis from the Netherlands, Cynthia Janak from Illinois and Leslie Carol Botha from Colorado had the opportunity to present their research to the FDA.
Although the FDA has not acted on the group’s recommendations to halt the HPV vaccination campaigns until independent studies on their safety and efficacy has been determined, the six women work tirelessly in their efforts to demand that Gardasil and Cervarix be pulled from the markets. Their network includes parents and advocates in New Zealand, India, Greece, Ireland, Sweden, France, Australia, Germany and Spain.
Mathis speaks for the entire group when she stated: “I am afraid that Gardasil is going to be another Vioxx, and five years from now they are going to pull it and it is going to be too late for all these girls.”