Zeda Pingel was a bright, popular and healthy teenage girl until her pediatrician administered a vaccine last November during a routine checkup.
Today, the 14-year-old Lake Station girl is imprisoned in a body that has suffered a series of life-threatening reactions to the vaccine called Gardasil, her family insists.
“Before she was given the vaccine, she was a straight-A student who loved talking on the phone, playing paintball, and just being a teenager,” said her mother, Amy Pingel. “Now look at her.”
Zeda spends every day in a hospital bed in the family’s living room, surrounded by medical equipment, get-well cards and a crucifix on the wall.