A nurse claims her 13-year-old daughter has been left in a wheelchair after suffering a reaction to the HPV vaccine. Anthea Beattie, 49, says Zara is like an “80-year-old in a teenager’s body” and is convinced her ill health is due to the jab, which protects against cervical cancer.
The sporty schoolgirl, once a promising footballer and netball player, began struggling for breath in a PE lesson in January last year. At first the family dismissed Zara’s symptoms as asthma but her health continued to deteriorate and she suffered palpitations, felt dizzy, weak and tired. Eighteen months on, Zara, of Wigton, Cumbria, feels faint every time she stands, is unable to leave the house without a wheelchair and is home-schooled.
Zara was later diagnosed with PoTS – postural tachycardia syndrome – which makes her heart race. Global health authorities, including the World Health Organisation and the European Medicines Agency, have ruled out a link between PoTS and the vaccine. Doctors have refused to confirm their fears, but mum-of-three Anthea and husband Ian, 54, an engineer, believe Zara’s condition was triggered by the jab. Anthea, who has been forced to slash her hours to care for Zara, said: “I have been a nurse for 30 years and I have never heard or seen anything like this before.”