Thursday 22 August 2019

Mum claims daughter 'disabled' by cancer vaccine

Case: Fiona Kirby
Case: Fiona Kirby

Aodhan O'Faolain

A mother who claims her daughter suffered "horrendous adverse effects" after being vaccinated against cervical cancer has brought proceedings in the High Court.

Fiona Kirby, Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath, said her daughter was now disabled to the point that she needed to be cared for on a permanent basis.

Ms Kirby, a nurse, is seeking an order looking for the withdrawal of the licence for the Gardasil HPV vaccine, which is currently being offered to the parents of 11 to 16-year-old girls as a possible cervical cancer preventative.

Ms Kirby claimed that, within 24 hours of receiving the vaccination in October 2011, her 11-year old daughter presented with severe flu like symptoms. The symptoms re-appeared after her daughter got her second vaccine shot, she said in an affidavit. She did not receive the third dose of the vaccine.

She claimed her daughter became extremely fatigued, suffered severe nausea which led to weight loss and muscle wastage. In March 2012 she was hospitalised with bilateral pneumonia and was on antibiotics for six weeks, she said.

The case will continue in three weeks' time.

Irish Independent

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