As readers of this blog know, Jenny is 15 years old. Two years ago, she was a normal, seemingly healthy girl. Today, she is a quadriplegic who cannot breathe on her own for more than a few seconds.
Despite over a year of intensive testing at several of the country’s top medical centers, doctors still aren’t sure what has caused Jenny’s paralysis. Some (mostly neurologists) believe that she has an unusual, rapidly progressive form of juvenile ALS – the same disease that confines Stephen Hawking to a wheelchair. Others (mostly immunologists) think she may have a rare autoimmune disease that mimics ALS.
Jenny’s first symptoms occurred not long after she received the last of three HPV vaccinations (Gardasil). Her family hesitates to declare Gardasil the cause of her illness without scientific evidence, but some MDs at top hospitals see the connection as possible and even plausible.
Thousands of vaccine recipients worldwide have reported adverse reactions to Gardasil. But their reports are largely anecdotal, and their reactions have not been confirmed as being caused by the vaccine.
The official US repository for data about adverse reactions to vaccines is the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database. Our concerns focus on the inadequacies of the VAERS database.
Visitors to this blog (which has been visited by almost 30,000 people) have informed us of two other verified US cases of ALS following the Gardasil vaccination – cases that had not been reported to the federal system until we urged the families to do so. To put this in perspective, some at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that ALS would be expected to occur only once in every 1.6 million teenage girls. About 16 million doses of HPV have been given to young girls. Assuming that each girl receives 3 doses (some might receive fewer), this would suggest approximately 5 million young girls have received the HPV vaccine. Of 5 million girls, we would predict 3 cases of juvenile ALS. However, we already know of 3 definite cases of ALS in these young girls, just through Jenny’s website, and we know of 2 other possible cases through other sources. If this is correct, Jenny could be the tip of a small iceberg of tragically similar, but underreported-to-VAERS, cases. This is why we need to fix VAERS, and we need to fix it now, so that we can track adverse events to vaccines more efficiently and more quickly.
Jenny’s medical condition continues to deteriorate (see www.jentet.com for a summary of her case history). To save her life, Jenny needs a miracle ... the kind that only modern information technology – and the good will of everyone who reads this blog or sees her video – can possibly provide.
You can help Jenny – and other girls like her – by signing the VAERS petition. Please go to http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/oneclickonelife to sign.