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"Most unlikely" cancer jab was cause of girl's death

Zone default image Serious underlying medical condition found

Preliminary post-mortem results suggest the death of 14-year old schoolgirl Natalie Morton was not due to the cervical cancer vaccine, but to a "serious underlying medical condition."

Natalie died within hours of being given the Cervarix vaccine at Blue Coat School in Coventry on Monday, as part of the national immunisation programme.

In a statement issued last night, Dr Caron Grainger, Joint Director of Public Health for NHS Coventry and the Council said: “The preliminary post-mortem results have revealed a serious underlying medical condition which was likely to have caused death.

“We are awaiting further test results which will take some time. However indications are that it was most unlikely that the HPV vaccination was the cause of death.

“We would again like to reiterate our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Natalie Morton during this difficult time.”

The cervical cancer vaccine batch - AHPVA043B - has been recalled by manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline for testing.

Coventry NHS Trust also said the symptoms experienced by nine other girls from the school after being vaccinated were "in line with usually reported side effects."

This article was published on Wed 30 September 2009

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