Meet the Gardasil girls: Sami and Ashlee

Vaccines ExaminerNorma Erickson

March 15, 2010

Sami, Florida: Sami, an honor student prior to her experience with Gardasil, loves living in Florida where she can take advantage of everything the Sunshine state has to offer.

Theme parks were frequently the highlight of her weekends. She loved to go to Sea World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventures and Bush Gardens where she could ride all the attractions over and over again with her mother. Now, that is no longer an option.

Sami had multiple health problems prior to receiving Gardasil including, type II diabetes, multiple allergies, Blount’s disease and polycystic ovary syndrome. Nevertheless, she lead an active, normal life. All of that changed when she was 14 and received her first shot of Gardasil along with a flu vaccine. Within hours, she was vomiting, feverish and had terrible headaches. She was bedridden for three weeks. When the doctor was questioned about the symptoms, Mom was told, “She must have received a bad flu shot.” Sami continued on with the Gardasil series.

Her list of adverse reactions continued to grow. Sami experienced amenorrhea (no periods since her first shot (over 2 years ago), peripheral neuropathy in both feet, loss of peripheral vision in her left eye, complicated migraines with neurological auras, severe sleep apnea and paralysis of both legs. At one point, a teacher at her school (also an EMT) found her unconscious, with no pulse, and revived her.

Sami has been taken to multiple medical specialists since taking the Gardasil vaccine. MS, neurological defects, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and brain tumor have all been ruled out as possible causes of her symptoms.

Every day, Samantha’s mother wonders if her child will survive to see another dawn. She wonders how a person prepares themself when they feel their child is dying. She wonders if it is even possible to prepare. Her message to parents who are considering the HPV vaccine for their children: “Guard your children against Gardasil.”



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.