Thursday, October 1, 2009

Teenager Who Died After Cervarix HPV Shot Had Chest Tumor, Pathologist Says

Natalie Morton, the 14 year old schoolgirl who collapsed right after being given the Cervarix immunization and died just hours later, was suffering from a malignant tumor in her chest.

“The pathologist has confirmed today at the opening of the inquest into the death of Natalie Morton that she died from a large malignant tumor of unknown origin in the heart and lungs,” said Dr Caron Grainger, joint director of public health for NHS Coventry and Coventry city council. “There is no indication that the HPV vaccine, which she had received shortly before her death, was a contributing factor to the death, which could have arisen at any point.”

Cervarix is GlaxoSmithKline’s version of Merck’s Gardasil, a vaccine that protects against two oncogenic strains of HPV (human papillomavirus).

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