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 She got through her exams (GCSE’s), but during the summer she became more and more withdrawn.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.
They started taking information with them to Gemma’s now weekly doctor visits. None of the doctors seemed to be aware of the other girls throughout the United Kingdom having the same adverse reactions after their Cervarix vaccinations. After learning this, one of Gemma’s consulting neurologists had this to say about her new medical condition:
“As I discussed in clinic, I think that the most likely explanation is that the vaccine may have triggered an underlying tendency to headaches (such as migraine) which has persisted.”
Gemma’s parents are hoping they can prevent others from going through similar experiences by telling her story. They know people like David and Ryan Richardson are fighting to get the truth out so others know the potential risks involved with HPV vaccines before they decide whether the benefits outweigh the risks.
They know people all over the world are supporting the production of the “ONE MORE GIRL” documentary. They are hoping you join the list of contributors so the film can cover the issue on a global level.
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