Monday, November 14, 2011

Girl, 13, left in 'waking coma' and sleeps for 23 hours a day after severe reaction to cervical cancer jab

By LAUREN PAXMAN Last updated at 1:43 PM on 14th November 2011:

A schoolgirl has been left in a 'waking coma', too tired even to open her eyes, after having a cervical cancer injection. Lucy Hinks, 13, started displaying flu-like symptoms soon after her second, booster, injection in November 2010.

After her third shot, in May this year, Lucy began to experience extreme exhaustion. Her health has deteriorated so badly that for the past seven weeks she has slept for up to 23 hours day. Lucy is also unable to walk or even talk to her devastated family.

Today, her mother Pauline and father Steve, a tyre plant worker, reveal the stress and trauma their family are enduring and their fears that it could be years before she recovers. They now care for Lucy around the clock in what they have describe as a 'living nightmare'.

The couple, from Port Carlisle, Cumbria, are urging parents to find out about the potential side effects of the vaccine, Cervarix. Their warning comes as thousands of year eight pupils prepare to receive the vaccine in schools.

Lucy had her first cervical cancer injection, alongside her classmates, in October last year, a month later she had the second jab of a three injection immunisation. It was then that she started to display flu-like symptoms and joint pain.

Lucy made several visits to her doctor over the Christmas period. It was only after her final HPV injection, in May, that the teenager began to suffer from extreme exhaustion. Read more>>


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