A teenage girl who developed a rare sleep disorder after being administered the swine flu vaccine when she was four years old has settled for €1 million.
This is the latest of a number of settlements that have been made in relation to legal action taken against the HSE and Minister for Health after a landmark case last year paved the way for approximately 80 cases related to the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine.
The girl’s mother said that her daughter was robbed of her childhood and teenage years after developing narcolepsy, which is a sleep disorder that affects the brain’s sleep/wake cycle.
The girl, who is now 15 years old, also suffers from cataplexy, which is a muscle weakness disorder that will require medication for the rest of her life.
The High Court heard that the girl had developed symptoms of narcolepsy after receiving the vaccine but her condition was not recorded in medical records for another seven years.
As a result, it was agreed that the settlement figure would amount to 42.5% of what was claimed.
Described by her mother as being “exceptional” with a very high IQ and an ability to speak four different languages, the girl had planned to attend third-level education and go on to employment but would never be able to work a five-day week.
“I just wanted to make the court aware of the daily struggles we are living as a result of this vaccine.”
While approving the settlement, Mr. Justice Coffey said that he was “in wonder at the heroic levels of courage demonstrated in dealing with these challenges”.
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