Olivia Odey was a normal girl three years ago. But things changed dramatically after a doctor’s visit. Without seemingly any cause, the young girl began experiencing food allergies and fatigue and worst of all, pain throughout her body. Olivia could no longer participate in water skiing with her family. She spent months battling the system, hoping for any form of help.
“I was at school and I started to feel like I couldn’t breathe … (it) scared me because I had no idea what was going on,” she said.
“I went to stand up and that was when I realized, I couldn’t.
“From this moment on everything happened so quick. My friends carried me to the car and my mum took me to the local hospital.”
Doctors claimed that all of her tests were normal, showing no indication of anything wrong. But Olivia clearly felt that something was wrong. For almost a year, Olivia battled doctor visits whereas she was told there was nothing wrong, or that the symptoms she was experiencing were in her head.
“I was scared and I was losing hope,” Ms. Odey said.
“What did they expect me to do? Just adjust my life to suit being in a wheelchair with extreme pain and tingling and just sit around and wait for the possibility that it might just ‘get better’?.”
She began taking pain medications to manage her situation and life. And then came the stunning revelation:
The 18-year-old reported her injury to Gardasil. She’d had the vaccine just weeks prior to “prevent cervical cancer.”
In the US, from 2006 to 2016, about 79 million doses of Gardasil were distributed and during the same period, 33,945 reports of adverse events were reported in the US.
US Health authorities state “any medicine or vaccine can cause adverse events, and (as with any vaccine or medicine) it is difficult to determine whether or not the HPV vaccine caused a particular adverse event.” (source)
“I definitely think there was a link, but there’s no way to prove it,” Ms. Odey said, admitting the proposition was controversial and “brushed aside by medical professionals”.