Pat Marchant's daughter, Jodie, is an epileptic and is unable to speak after she suffered brain damage from eight vaccinations given at the same time, five of which were done without parental permission.
Jodie is now 25 and considered to be 80 per cent disabled. Pat's husband died last Christmas, leaving her alone to provide 24-hour care for Jodie, which includes changing her nappies.
The family has never won any compensation from the UK government or the Vaccine Damage Unit, but Pat is continuing the fight; the next round of her campaign will cost around £10,000, and she is looking for public donations to help pay for this.
Arnica, the parents' support group for vaccine-damaged children, has found a barrister for Pat who is prepared to work for a reduced retainer. "The brick walls have been shocking, and between each drawn-out communication, weeks and weeks go by," an Arnica spokesperson said.
The National Health Service has always denied liability, claiming that the doctor and nurse who administered the original vaccines should pay through their own professional insurance. However, the family has no way to find them all these years later. The Vaccine Damage Unit has refused to accept damages because the doctor and nurse hadn't followed the accepted protocols. It has also told the family that it isn't prepared to look at any appeals on any cases before 2013. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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