BioethicsThu Feb 2, 2012 - 9:30 am EST
Parents sue after Quebec teen dies following Gardasil vaccination
MONTREAL, February 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The parents of a 14-year-old girl who died following Gardasil vaccinations provided by the Quebec government are suing the manufacture of the HPV vaccine, pharmaceutical giant Merck Frosst, as well as three doctors and a clinic, for $197,000.
Annabelle Morin died on December 9, 2008 after having received two doses of Gardasil under a program introduced by Quebec in September 2008.
Annabelle’s mother Linda said her daughter received the first shot at a clinic in October 2008, and that the teenager vomited, became confused and incoherent and was unable to speak or walk, according to a QMI Agency report.
Annabelle was taken to hospital where she was diagnosed with a migraine and sent home.
The lawsuit alleges that Annabelle received a second dose of Gardasil at her school on Nov. 24, 2008 and again became ill.
Two weeks later her parents found her dead in the bathtub.
“I was shocked. I didn’t know what to do,” Linda Morin told QMI Agency.
“This image will stay in my head for the rest of my life. It’s a nightmare. We often say that time heals things (but) time hasn’t healed anything yet.”
Named in the lawsuit are Merck Frosst Pharmaceutical, the clinic where Annabelle received the first dose of Gardasil, and pediatrician Guylaine Larose, neurologist Amelie Nadeau and Annabelle’s family doctor, Lynne Nadeau.
Linda Morin claims she was not informed by Merck Frosst or the clinic of the side-effects and adverse events linked to Gardasil, and that the doctors were negligent in their treatment of her daughter.
Health Canada approved Gardasil on July 18, 2006. Since then, all provinces and territories in Canada have implemented publicly funded HPV vaccination programs, giving the dangerous drug to girls as young as 9.
As of September 30, 2009, the Public Health Agency of Canada had received a total of 603 reports of adverse events following vaccination with Gardasil, which included twenty-two hospitalizations and one death, according to the PHAC’s website.
In the US, which also approved Gardasil in 2006, records from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) document 28 deaths in 2008, the same year that Annabelle died, that showed an association with Gardasil.
Overall, the FDA documented 6,723 “adverse events” related to Gardasil in 2008, of which 1,061 were considered “serious,” and 142 considered “life threatening.”
Last November a well-known doctor who has repeatedly warned about the dangers of vaccines and who is particularly concerned about the Gardasil vaccine, released two video testimonies by young women who were severely harmed after having been injected with Gardasil.
Dr. Joseph Mercola said that the U.S. government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database indicates that Gardasil has been linked to 49 sudden deaths, 213 permanent disabilities, 137 reports of cervical dysplasia, 41 reports of cervical cancer, and thousands of adverse events reports, ranging from headaches and nausea, to outbreaks of genital warts, anaphylactic shock, grand mal convulsion, foaming at the mouth, coma and paralysis.
“Deadly blood clots, acute respiratory failure, cardiac arrest and ‘sudden death due to unknown causes’ have all occurred in girls shortly after they’ve received the Gardasil vaccine,” Dr. Mercola explained. “These are atrocious risks to potentially prevent cervical cancer one day down the road. Because let’s not forget that the HPV vaccine has not yet been proven to actually prevent any kind of cancer.”
Dr. Mercola noted that parents must be made aware that HPV vaccines protect against only two of the more common strains of HPV associated with cancer, HPV-16 and HPV-18, even though there are more than 100 different types of HPV, at least 15 of which cause cancer.
“The bottom line is that Gardasil is largely ineffective, potentially very dangerous, and a major waste of money,” Dr. Mercola stated.
The videos posted by Dr. Mercola, and further information, are available here.