Amanda Steel is flicking through last year's diary, trying to pinpoint when this nightmare began. It was the summer holidays when she first noticed that Carly, her eldest daughter, was seriously out of sorts.
'Anyone who knew Carly before will tell you what a chatterbox she was. She had so much energy she drove us mad. But suddenly, she was a different girl. It was heartbreaking to watch,' says Amanda.
'I struggled to wake her in the mornings and she barely spoke all day.'
By August, 13-year-old Carly, was barely ever awake. Consumed with exhaustion and complaining of dizziness, she was confined to the bed or the sofa, and had to grip the furniture to steady herself whenever she took a few steps.
'And that's when the blackouts started,' says Amanda. Several times she found Carly collapsed after what she described as a 'split-second blackout'.
Her joints ached so much that washing her own hair was unmanageable. She has not attended school since September, and considers it 'a good day' if she manages to walk to her grandmother's house at the end of the street.
Her mother says that within weeks she was transformed from a vivacious, sociable girl into 'an old lady'. Baffled doctors have diagnosed her with vertigo, labyrinthitis (a balance disorder), and even chronic fatigue syndrome.
Then she was diagnosed with depression and sent for counselling when one doctor thought her illness might be psychosomatic.
That's when Carly, who describes her daily existence as 'miserable', and her parents, Amanda, 35, and Stuart, 50, lost patience.
'Carly was getting worse and I felt powerless, so I did some research and couldn't believe what I found,' says Amanda.
She discovered, on the internet, that Carly's symptoms tallied almost exactly with a list of adverse reactions to Gardasil, the American version of the cervical cancer vaccine.
Could it have been coincidence that just weeks before Carly first showed signs of illness, she had been injected Cervarix - a similar vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline. Her school had taken part in the trial that preceded the national roll-out of the Government's vaccination programme, targeting 12- to 18-year-old girls.
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