Saturday 17 August 2019

Parents vow to continue search for answers to their girls' plight

Mark Ward and his daughter Amy (14) from Portmarnock
Mark Ward and his daughter Amy (14) from Portmarnock
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Parents of girls whose cases led to a review of the safety of the HPV vaccine have been left searching for answers after the European medicines watchdog said it could not link the jab to side-effects such as chronic pain, fatigue and fits.

The family of Amy Ward from Portmarnock, Co Dublin, are among 110 parents who saw a change in their daughter's health which coincided with the time she received the jab.

Amy suffers from fatigue and pain - symptoms shared by other girls in the group.

Her mother Audrey said last night they were very disappointed at the findings, but were determined to continue to find out what is behind the debilitating conditions.


Another mother, Ann Fitzpatrick from Ballybar in Carlow, said her daughter Carol-Ann can suffer from epileptic fits and non-epileptic seizures several times a week. She also suffers from extreme fatigue.

Ann said :"Carol-Ann was so active. She played sports, basketball, Irish dancing. How does a girl go from 14 subjects, higher and ordinary, to five foundation subjects?"

She said she was not anti-vaccine but wants more research carried out.

Shauna Lee (14), Edenderry Co Offaly, is also a member of the REGRET group . There are some weeks she does not have the energy to leave her bed, said her mother Sharon.

A spokeswoman for Sanofi Pasteur MSD which makes the Gardasil vaccine said the company would not be commenting yesterday, but may do so today.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said a request by the group for a meeting with officials or the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is being considered.

Irish Independent

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