August 12, 2009
The mother of a 13-year-old Shropshire girl struck down by a mystery virus is concerned a cervical smear jab given to her daughter could be connected to her falling ill.
Paige Brennan, of Telford, remains poorly in hospital after she was struck down in March. She is being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital where her mother, Margaret, said that her condition had improved slightly.
The Thomas Telford School pupil fell ill with encephalitis, a rare brain virus, and NMDA, where her antibodies started attacking her brain.
She was “perfectly normal” until she came home from school with a headache. Within hours she was having seizures and ended up in intensive care, said her mother.
Mrs Brennan, of The Rock, said: “She is slightly better but is still quite poorly. She might be there for Christmas. They said it would be a long time.
“We are still playing a waiting game to see how she comes out of it. She is going in the right direction.”
She added: “I think it was the cervical smear injection. She had that a week before. It’s proving it.”