Teenage girl left brain-damaged after receiving cervical cancer jab
Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:14 PM on 04th October 2009
A teenage girl has been left brain-damaged after suffering epileptic seizures
just days after being given the controversial cervical cancer jab.
Stacey Jones, 18, suffered her first seizure in March when she was 17, days
after she had the Cervarix injection.
In the following weeks she had several more fits, causing such severe brain
injury that she had to be admitted to a rehabilitation unit, where she is
relearning simple tasks.
Stacey Jones (centre) pictured with her cousins at her 18th birthday party
started to suffer epileptic seizures just days after having the cancer jab
According to the Sunday Telegraph, the parents of the teenager, from Bilston in
the West Midlands, are convinced that the vaccination caused swelling in the
The swelling has been diagnosed as the cause of Stacey's neurological problems.
Mother, Julie Jones, 44, told the newspaper: 'She was such a lovely,
happy-go-lucky girl, now she is just a shell.
'I really feel she has been used as a guinea pig.
'I don't think there is enough evidence that the vaccination programme is safe -
this all happened days after Stacey was given the vaccine, and we don't have any
other explanation for what triggered her brain injury.'
Amid growing concern among parents about the safety of the jab, drug
manufacturers insist that there is no evidence to suggest that the vaccine
carries any long-term side effects.
The post-mortem on 14-year-old schoolgirl Natalie Morton who died hours after
having the jab found that the girl had died from a malignant tumour on her chest
This would suggest that the timing of Stacey's seizures is mere coincidence
rather than being linked to the vaccine.
The post-mortem on 14-year-old Coventry schoolgirl Natalie Morton who died hours
after having the jab found this week that the girl had died from a malignant
tumour on her chest.
However, a leading expert who helped develop the cancer jab today told the
Sunday Express that the vaccine may be riskier and more deadly than the cancer
it aims to prevent.
The doctor also claimed the jab would do nothing to lower the rates of cervical
cancer in the UK.
Dr Diane Harper, who was involved in the clinical trials of Cervarix said the
vaccine was being 'over-marketed' and parents should be warned about possible
Dr Harper, of the University of Missouri-Kansas told the newspaper she believed
the risks were 'small but real'.
She said: 'All this jab will do is prevent girls getting some abnormalities
associated with cervical cancer which can be treated.
'It will not decrease cervical cancer rates at all.
'Parents need to know this and that in a small number of cases there are serious