13-Year-Boy Is Paralyzed From The Neck Down After Gardasil HPV Vaccine

Colton Berrett was a normal, healthy, energetic boy until just two weeks after receiving the Gardasil HPV vaccine, when he developed paralysis from the neck down.

When his mother had asked the doctor why the HPV vaccine was necessary, the doctor responded that it can help prevent cancer. The doctor also informed Kathleen that even if he is not particularly promiscuous, he could still give it to his (future) wife. Kathleen said ok. After the third round of Gardasil, Colton started having a really bad neck ache two weeks after. The next day, Colton went motorcycling with his dad, and he came home sick and nauseous.

Colton was weak and exhausted. He noticed that his right arm was weak and he had trouble getting himself out of bed. Kathleen was worried that Colton was becoming paralyzed. The next morning, on February 17, 2014, Kathleen’s husband took Colton to the hospital. Colton’s father had to hold his head for him and he could no longer use his right arm.

At the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake, Utah, the medical staff ran several tests on Colton. An MRI showed inflammation in his spinal cord and his neck. The initial diagnosis was acute longitudinal transverse myelitis. After the doctor had asked Kathleen some questions, the doctors immediately knew that the HPV vaccine was the culprit.

Colton eventually had to be intubated and in the next few days, he became completely paralyzed from the neck down. Colton did daily therapy and stayed 88 days at the hospital. After doing physical therapy for over a year and a half, he was slowly able to regain some healthy function but is nowhere near his old active lifestyle. Colton still needs a breathing apparatus at all times with him. The machine weights 15 pounds and he needs help carrying it. His right arm is still completely paralyzed, while his left arm has only minimal function. He has slowly regained some of his leg and core strength.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) And The HPV Vaccine

Genital human papillomavirus or HPV is the most common [1] sexually transmitted disease in the United States. There are around 40 different types of HPV and around 20 million people in the United States are infected all in all. Every year, around 6.2 million people get infected by the virus, which is spread through sexual contact.

HPV can lead to cervical cancer in women. About 10,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and around 3,700 women die from it every year in the United States alone. Moreover, it is the second most common cancer death among women in the world.

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that all children between the ages of 11 to 12 years old [2] get two doses of the HPV vaccine. It is also recommended for girls and women between the ages of 13 to 26 years of age who have not been vaccinated yet. The vaccine targets the most common cervical cancer-causing HPV types, as well as those that can cause cancers of the vagina, vulva, anus, and oropharynx. It will also protect against the HPV types that tend to cause genital warts.


Gardasil is one of the leading vaccines whose full risks appear not to be properly advertised. In 2009, one Merck researcher spoke out [3] – claiming that the benefits of the vaccine are almost non-existent and adverse reactions typically happen at 3.4 per 100,000 doses. Another doctor that was previously connected with Merck, Dr. Bernard Dalbergue, has gone on the record to say that it is the “greatest medical scandal of all time.” [4]

Gardasil’s maker has already been sued by hundreds of people. [5] The parties claimed it injured young girls and even resulted in seizures, neurological disorders, cancer, and even death. One case led to compensation of almost $6 million for injuries sustained by Gardasil. [5] Of the nine death claims, two have already been confirmed. Despite the risks, Merck continues to sell the vaccine and exaggerate its potential benefits. Why? Because they can.

U.S. Supreme Court Shields Big Pharma From All Liability

Astonishingly, drug companies have a great degree of legal immunity from prosecution with regard to adverse effects of vaccines. In the case of Bruesewitz et al. vs. Wyeth [6], the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “the plaintiffs’ design defects claims [were] expressly preempted by the Vaccine Act.” In ruling for the defendants, the high court affirmed the laws protecting vaccine manufacturers from liability for vaccine-induced injury or death so long as they are “accompanied by proper directions and warnings.”

This essentially means that drug companies selling vaccines in America are exempt from liability. Moreover, any and all vaccinations are done at the risk of the parents and adults concerned who agreed to the vaccination. This should not be the case. Big pharma companies should have conducted case studies to discover the side effects, both long-term and short-term, concerning their vaccines; and furthermore, should be legally responsible for damage caused.

In the meantime, all we can do is spread awareness and support organizations that advocate health freedom such as the National Vaccine Information Center. [7