Teen's brain tissue sent for examination

00:04, Aug 08 2012
Rhonda Renata
Rhonda Renata, whose daughter died, giving evidence at an inquest.

Upper Hutt teenager Jasmine Renata’s mother sent brain tissue to Canada to be examined after concerns that he daughter died after receiving the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil.

The inquest into 18-year-old Jasmine Renata’s death begin today in Wellington and is expected to take two days.

She was found dead in her bed in Upper Hutt in September 2009, six months after receiving the last of three vaccination injections.

Rhonda Renata said before getting the injections Jasmine was fit and healthy but after the first one her health began to decline, as did her emotional state.

She outlined how Jasmine suffered a racing heart, continual runny nose, warts, night sweats, joint and chest pain, nausea, along with things like her hair falling out.

Mrs Renata said Jasmine was also agitated and snappish, getting upset at things that would normally not bother her.

After her death Mrs Renata said she searched for a reason for her daughter’s death and became worried that the injections had had something to do with it.

She convinced Professor Christopher Shaw in Canada to test some of Jasmine’s brain tissue.  The results are expected
to be given to the court tomorrow when Professor Shaw is due to give evidence.

Coroner Ian Smith asked Mrs Renata why had family had not had testing for a possible congenital heart problem when it was offered.

Mrs Renata said no one in their family health history had anything like that, “The only person who is not here is my daughter and she’s the only one who took Gardasil.’’ She said.

She said the family had thought about getting the tests but had not done so.

Mrs Renata described finding her daughter in her bed after finding out she had missed work.

The night before Jasmine and she had dinner together.  Jasmine had told her she loved her before she went to bed and it was the last time Mrs Renata saw her daughter alive.


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