Editor’s Note: Colton Berrett passed away on January 5, 2018, and a GoFundMe page has been set up for his funeral expenses. While Colton’s story is fairly uncommon, it still happens far too often to those who receive the HPV vaccine, critics say. The following is his story; this article does not constitute medical advice and you should always speak with your doctor before making any major health changes. See our full disclaimer here.
Colton Berrett was a huge sports enthusiast from an early age; he loved baseball, riding motorcycles, indoor skydiving, skiing, and especially motocross. That all changed at the age of 13, when his doctor recommended an HPV vaccination.
The three shots of Gardasil that were given to him forever altered his life, the family says. It all started two weeks after the third shot with a bad neck ache. The next Colton started looking pale; he felt nauseous and exhausted. That night he asked his mother Kathleen a strange question when drinking a glass of water:
“Mom, can you give that to me in my left hand? I can’t use my right arm very well; it’s weak.”
At that moment his right arm flopped down and his head hit the pillow. Immediately Kathleen knew in her gut that he son was becoming paralyzed.
“I could have lost him that night,” Kathleen told VAXXED TV in tears.
When she and her husband took Colton to the hospital next morning, on February 17, 2014, she had to hold his head because he could not do it himself, and he could no longer move his right arm at all.
“He was pretty much completely paralyzed.”
First his right arm and his whole neck couldn’t move, then his left arm started to become paralyzed as well. The doctors warned Kathleen that her son would soon have trouble breathing. They promptly had to do intubation in order for him to be able to breathe, but it prevented him from being able to talk.
In the next few days, Colton became completely paralyzed from the neck down. He had to use his eyebrows to communicate with “yes” and “no” to his parents.
The hospital staff did daily therapy to get Colton to be mobile again, but he had to stay in the hospital for 88 straight days. He was paralyzed for a month and a half.
Thanks to an especially rigorous physical therapy that he did for a year a half, today he regained a lot of function, but it is still so far away from his old lifestyle.
“It does suck not being able to play sports anymore…my favorite activity. Now I just have to sit on the sidelines, just watch everybody,” Colton said.
Today Colton goes camping and Razor driving, and he has recently been able to go down ski hills again using a bi-ski apparatus controlled by another person. But everyday life is even more complex: he has to have a breathing apparatus at all times with him, and because it weighs 15 pounds, someone else has to always be there to help him carry it.
“It’s a literal ball and chain for him,” Kathleen explained. “His right arm is completely paralyzed. His left arm has only minimal function now. He’s lucky he regained his legs and core strength.”
Kathleen said after Colton’s injury, his family doctor will not administer Gardasil to boys. He still gives it to girls, but cautions them about the risks.
“It’s good that he’s not giving it to boys, but a lot of girls can still get hurt,” Colton said.
Kathleen said his other doctors still try to push other vaccinations on Colton such as the flu shot, but she personally will never vaccinate him again.
“I was so naïve… [I thought] if the doctor is going to say something… he is the one that went to school; he knows the best. Of course, you are going to do what they recommend… [His doctor] was there since [Colton] was born…I still trust him on lot of things. But when it comes to vaccinations, I don’t trust anybody,” Kathleen said.
Watch Colton and Kathleen’s full interview:
Gardasil: From Ruining Girls’ Lives to Being Pushed Onto Boys
Gardasil may be the number one vaccine with risks that are much bigger than advertised. In 2009, a Merck researcher spoke out against Gardasil saying the benefits are almost non-existent, while the adverse reactions are more common than people realize at 3.4/100,000 doses.
A whistleblower Dr. Bernard Dalbergue, who had a previous connection to Merck, has previously called Gardasil the greatest medical scandal of today.
Gardasil’s maker has been sued by hundreds of people for allegedly injuring young girls; these included cancer, neurological disorders, seizures, and death. One particular 2013 document obtained by Judicial Watch showed the compensation of nearly $6 million for Gardasil injury victims (including 2 deaths that were confirmed out of 9 death claims).
Despite the risks that come with it, and its questionable benefits, Merck continues to push their product on large segments of the population, and recently has been focusing on pushing it on boys.
Currently, the CDC recommends all boys ages 11 to 12 to receive the vaccine. The maker claims that one of the biggest reasons to give it to boys is not to protect them, but to protect the girls (since HPV is transmittable).
However, Merck has greatly exaggerated the potential benefits. While their 2007 study claimed that it is effective in 98% of cases, a thorough analysis of their data shows that the benefits in the study were actually at around 17%, but in the real world the benefit may be nothing, reported Discover Magazine. To calculate the real benefits, a long term study is needed, which Merck has never done.
As Discover Magazine points out, the biggest push for vaccinating boys with Gardasil is not to save lives, but to make money, as Merck gave money to medical societies, legislators and doctors to promote their product.
“You have to do your research. You can’t just trust the doctors anymore. You have to find what’s best for you,” Colton advised the VAXXED audience.
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“Everyday is a battle” — Teenager’s Life Is Forever Ruined After Dangerously Ineffective HPV Vaccine. She Bravely Shares Her Story with The World (Includes section titled ‘Should I Vaccinate Against HPV with stats on actual effectiveness; link to CDC info)