9 March 2011, through the kindness and generosity of 478 people pledging their support, the proposed “ONE MORE GIRL” documentary has reached the initial funding goal.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – Mar 14, 2011 – Victims of adverse reactions after HPV vaccination will have a voice thanks to these contributors and the Richardson brothers.
The adverse reactions experienced by Ryan and David’s sister after Gardasil prompted their initial investigation. The nightmares they discovered sent them on a mission to inform the world. That mission is to make sure no one else goes through what their family, and so many others, experienced without knowing the potential risks in advance. With this in mind, they decided any additional pledges received before the April 11th deadline will be put toward filming from an international perspective. After all, it is a global problem.
Gemma is from the United Kingdom. Her story clearly illustrates why the Richardson brothers would like to expand their coverage of the trail of tears left in the wake of Gardasil and Cervarix vaccinations.
Gemma enjoyed school and was good at most subjects, but she truly excelled at sports. She played football, hockey, cricket, and rounders, all on championship teams. Her rounders team was unbeaten for three years running. In her senior year, she was netball player of the year.
The week before her 16th birthday, Gemma was busy planning an ice skating trip with a group of her friends as a birthday treat. All of a sudden, she began to feel dizzy and had a headache. Her parents put it down to just feeling a bit off, perhaps a cold. She didn’t make it to the party.
When the dizziness and pain persisted for a couple of days, her parents decided it was time to visit the doctor. Her blood tests came back normal. Gemma’s GP said she thought it was a case of vertigo, gave her some medication and told her not to use her MP3 player.
Everyone assumed she would feel much better in a week or so. That was not the case.
As time went on, her dizziness eased up a bit; but the headaches became progressively worse. Intense pain was forcing Gemma to come home from school on a regular basis. Her vision began to deteriorate, forcing her to wear glasses. Her parents decided it was time for a specialist.
Gemma’s MRI (brain scan) showed nothing abnormal. Thinking it could be Basia migraines, a condition that affects mostly teenage girls, the neurologist composed a letter to her GP suggesting suitable medication.
Even though taking the prescribed medication, Gemma was not improving. She got through her exams (GCSE’s), but during the summer she became more and more withdrawn. The occasional trip to the Trafford Centre with a friend was all she could be bothered with. She spent most of the time in her room, by herself. As the headaches continued, her GP recommended different medications to no avail.
Her parents helplessly watched their daughter suffer, unable to do anything about it. Gemma’s condition deteriorated. The occasional day off school due to headaches turned into a week or two at a time. She was becoming a recluse, shut up in her room in terrible pain. Desperately her parents tried to come up with a reason for her condition. Suddenly, they recalled having to pick Gemma up from school on the day she had been vaccinated with Cervarix. Investigating on their own, they also discovered many others suffering the same symptoms after the same vaccine. Things were beginning to make sense.