Pharmaceutical

Teen receives specialized treatment for brain damage blamed on Gardasil

After seeing a story on his local Albuqurerque, N.M., about a 16-year-old girl suffering from a variety of brain-injury symptoms, a local doctor volunteered to provided specialized treatment at no charge. The story, which ran on KOAT 7 News about three months ago, featured Alexis Wolf. Her mother said the girl was stricken with debilitating symptoms like violent seizures, vomiting, pain and insomnia after receiving two in a series of three Gardasil shots. Gardasil is a vaccine created by Merck & Co., and marketed as a preventive measure against cervical cancer.

Alexis received the Gardasil shots in 2007 and 2008. Although she cannot get a diagnosis specifically blaming her daughter’s illness on the vaccine, her mother, Tracy Wolf, is certain the drug is to blame. She says her daughter had no problems prior to the shots and developed the debilitating symptoms shortly after the second shot. She has since learned that since the introduction of Gardasil in 2006, the vaccine has been linked to many reports of serious side effects including those experienced by Alexis. There also have been more than 50 deaths reported after girls received the Gardasil vaccine.

Gardasil was approved by the FDA in 2006 to be administered to girls between the ages of 9 and 26. It provides protection against four types of human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a sexually-transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer. Most cervical cancer in the United States is prevented through regular Pap tests, beginning at age 21. Pap tests can identify pre-cancerous lesions, which can be treated effectively before they become cancer.

Dr. Kenneth Stoller has provided Alexis with 20 treatments at the Hyperbaric Medical Center in Santa Fe, N.M. He says a hyperbaric chamber can use pressure to revive neurons that fall idle after a brain injury. As a result, Alexis is making progress toward regaining a normal life.

Now, Alexis’ mother is hoping to simply raise awareness about the dangers linked to the Gardasil vaccine, in the hopes that other parents and young women will be prevented from suffering a similar situation.

Source: KOAT ABC-7