Leslie Carol Botha: Britt Fiste has been struggling with Gardasil vaccination side effects for years. We hold her near and dear to our hearts and have been a part of her journey to health. Unfortunately, she has had a severe relapse in the last couple of weeks and has been unable to receive the therapies that were helping her so much.
Please send your prayers for her healing. Link has been found and article is now up.
Update: Britt is now able to resume her therapies.
Gardasil: another victim’s family speaks out
by Patricia McEntee
March 16, 2013
“Nearly six years ago, Gardasil changed our lives forever.”
So starts the heartbreaking story of yet another Mom of a young girl injected with the Gardasil vaccine. The vaccine, supposedly intended to reduce cervical cancer by reducing HPV infection, is wreaking havoc with health worldwide. While the vaccine is now routinely recommended in doctor’s offices, parents aren’t told that cervical cancer is a rare disease in developed countries which calls into question the need to put anyone at risk. And significantly, the incidence of cervical cancer has dropped substantially since implementation of regular Pap screening procedures. Currently, in the US, the death rate from cervical cancer (2.4/100,000 women) is lower than the rate of reported serious adverse events, including death, from Gardasil (3.34/100,000 doses distributed).
Following is the chronology of the Fiste family’s devastating experience with Gardasil:
Imagine for a moment having a daughter with everything going for her. She’s bright, outgoing, athletic, kind and compassionate. She excels at everything she tries. No parent could ask for more. All parental bias aside, this was our daughter Brittney before Gardasil.
When Brittney received her first Gardasil injection in 2007, we were told that the only real risk involved was the possibility of her fainting shortly after the shot was administered. She didn’t react within the 15-minute window during which the medical staff monitored her, so we thought we had nothing to worry about.
When she passed out the next morning on our family room floor and got up wondering what had happened, Britt chalked it up to the possibility of being dehydrated. This had happened to her once several years before, so she didn’t think much of it. She was so unconcerned she didn’t even mention the incident until over a week later. By this time, she had experienced two other unusual episodes.
The first occurred eight days after her HPV vaccine injection. She had what we now know was a partial seizure. Three days later, her legs gave out at a water park. Hammering pain spread up and down her legs for 15 minutes, then disappeared. As a parent, I was beginning to think the incidents were related, but was not sure how to connect the dots. I began to keep a diary of the unusual things Britt was experiencing.
Sometime late June, or early July, our doctor reassured us that what Brittney was experiencing had nothing to do with Gardasil. We were relieved – at least we could relax on that score.
In late July, we took Britt to Myrtle Beach for a belated 21st birthday celebration where she began to lose control of her emotions off and on. She’d be completely normal, then suddenly explode. She had never acted this way. Both my husband and I were shocked at her unprovoked outbursts.
In August, she had another ‘episode’, this time in the company of several college chums. One of them had a sister who experienced many seizures while growing up and said it looked like Britt was having a partial seizure.We reported this incident to her doctor, but nothing was investigated at this point.