The Search for Safer Vaccines
The tragic death of little Elias Tembenis is yet another vaccine injury case you probably won't hear much about. Yet some medical experts believe it could teach us something about how to make vaccination safer.
It could also add to the limited body of knowledge as to why the vast majority of kids are vaccinated safely, but a minority become seriously ill, brain-damaged or even die. Still, government officials have said they have no plans to study cases like Elias': cases that victims are winning against the government in the little-known federal vaccine court.
According to court and medical records, Elias was born on Aug. 23, 2000 and appeared healthy until Dec. 26 when he received his second dose of DTaP vaccine. His parents noticed some swelling around the injection site. According to court records:
"Early in the morning on December 27, 2000, Elias's parents found him seizing in his crib and took him to the emergency room ("ER")...Within one day, he developed a fever, which led to a complex febrile seizure. Subsequently, Elias developed epilepsy. This fact pattern is commonly seen in the Vaccine Program."
According to court records, after the DTaP reaction, the once-healthy baby ended up with debilitating medical problems, including features of autism, ear infections and developmental delay. His parents first filed their case as one of the "omnibus" group of autism cases to be heard in federal vaccine court....
Elias was vaccinated and developed autism with seizures. He was almost fully recovered from his "autism" when a seizure took his life.
The message has been received that if you file in the VICP under "autism"... well it would not really work PR wise for more Poling cases to come out of the vaccine protection program... so straight up autism cases now get filed for every symptom the child has... just don't call it "autism".
"Conclusion: Petitioners have satisfied the legal requirements for proving that Elias’s December 26, 2000 DTaP vaccination was a legal cause of his epilepsy and death."
Should have filed for my son's "vaccine encephalopathy" when I had the chance, eh?
All my respect and gratitude to our friend Harry and Gina for all they have done, even in the depths of their grief, for our children who are still struggling. If you have met them, you understand how exceptional they are and how much love they have. It is an honor for Scott and I to call them friends.
Rest in peace Elias.