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Haley Larson was born with hydrocephalus, a neurological disorder caused by the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. She was just 10 months old when she died.

According to her mother Jane Larson, childhood vaccines — received at the normal two-, four- and six-month intervals — contributed to Haley’s worsening condition and eventual death.

Jane spoke with Polly Tommey, CHD.TV programming manager, on Children’s Health Defense’s (CHD) “Vax-Unvax” bus tour during its stop in Troy, Michigan, on Sept. 8.

Jane, a physical therapist, discovered during an ultrasound when she was 20 weeks pregnant that her unborn baby’s brain was not developing normally. The doctors diagnosed hydrocephalus.

“We knew there were going to be challenges, but we embraced that,” Jane said. “And I am a physical therapist so I thought, ‘Great, I can put my skills to work caring for my daughter.’”

Jane, who admitted to being “highly vaccinated,” said she did not receive any maternal vaccines until after the fetal diagnosis at 20 weeks. At that point, they gave her the “recommended” flu shot, the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine, and RhoGAM shot (for Rh-negative mothers).

After Haley was born, Jane said they found blood clots in her placenta. Noting that the Tdap vaccine contains aluminum “and aluminum does cause blood clotting,” she said, “I’m certain it didn’t help.”

Jane was induced two weeks early, so Haley technically was not born prematurely. “She actually came out fine,” Jane said. “She was breathing on her own and passed all the tests.”

Haley was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and kept under observation. Under clear instructions from Jane, Haley did not receive the hepatitis B vaccine, but she’s unsure whether she received the “vitamin K” shot because Haley “was swept out of the room.”

After several days in the NICU, Jane took her baby home. A few days later she brought Haley in for a weight check and was told the baby was not growing properly.

The hospital readmitted Haley and soon after “they found that she was having seizures,” Jane said, and they gave her “a bolus [large] dose of anti-seizure medication.”

Within hours, part of Haley’s bowel died. “She stopped breathing,” Jane said. “She went into a code blue. They had to come and resuscitate her.”

After doing tests, doctors performed emergency surgery to remove the non-functional portion of her bowel.

Jane showed Polly a photograph of Haley on a ventilator at 1 week old. Jane recalled that she stayed on the ventilator for a week, received IV nutrition and was on IV antibiotics for more than six weeks.

At 2 months old, Haley was still in the NICU when the hospital recommended her scheduled childhood vaccinations. These included:

  • Pediarix, comprised of DTP, hepatitis B, and polio vaccines.
  • Hib, for Haemophilus influenzae type b.
  • Prevnar 13, to protect against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria.

“That’s 19 different illnesses that they decided to vaccinate her for,” Jane said. “And when you add those up, that’s … 1,200 micrograms of aluminum.”

“OK, so let’s understand this everybody,” Polly said. “So this baby is in NICU. NICU means that they’re very seriously sick. That’s why they’re there.”

Jane said she didn’t know how those vaccines affected Haley with so much going on, including six surgeries.

“And then we were in and out of the hospital for more surgeries … and she had to be readmitted for an infection in one of her incision sites, [after which she] had two brain surgeries,” Jane recounted.

After Haley had been home for four days, it was time for her 4-month checkup. Even though Jane was skeptical of vaccines and had delayed them for her older children, she gave into the doctor’s recommendation and got the round of 4-month vaccines, “the same ones that she just got before.” Jane said.

“So, 240 times the acceptable amount of aluminum for her age,” Jane said. “And they decide to do that again.”

For the next two months, Haley was doing well at home and “trying to gain weight” Jane said, while “we’re trying to control seizures.”

“And then she has her 6-month shots,” Jane said. “And I resisted, I didn’t want to give her these. My mama’s gut said, ‘She is fighting so much. She is fighting for her life.’ … It doesn’t make sense.”

“I just don’t understand,” Polly said. “And people, viewers listening, please help us understand why they gave this baby girl, who was clearly very sick, so many shots.”

“This is the University of Michigan,” Jane said. “This is not some Podunk hospital,” adding that if a parent were to poison their child like that, “they’re going to call child protective services … because your child is going to be sick from that. And yet this is what they do to sick children.”

Within 24 hours, Haley was back in the emergency room and was put on a feeding tube. Jane learned that Haley had developed a condition called pyloric stenosis, “which means your stomach doesn’t let the food continue on,” Jane said.

Before the diagnosis, however, Haley had been spitting up the food and re-breathing it into her lungs, which led to another surgery to move the gastric tube below the area of blockage.

“This was not something that she had had in the previous six months,” Jane said. “Basically, she wasn’t able to take the nutrition that she needed.”

“And so we transferred to hospice comfort care, and she lived for about another four months before she passed away,” Jane said.

Reflecting on the doctor’s choice to give her vaccines, Jane said:

“She was the most fragile of the fragile. She was the weakest of the weak. She was the most vulnerable of the vulnerable. And I know there were things that they gave her that were maybe a little bit harmful, but they served a purpose that made sense.

“These [vaccines] don’t make sense. These were not things that she was at risk of. And so I feel like they poisoned her. … They didn’t make accommodations for her.”

Jane made the connection between Haley’s diagnosis of pyloric stenosis and the vaccines after joining a Yahoo group of parents with children suffering from the same condition.

“And the interesting thing was, a lot of these were healthy kids that developed it right after their 6-month shots,” Jane said. “So that was the tip-off to me that this was not just one of her usual struggles. This was something that was induced.”

Jane recommended that parents “pray about everything” and, recalling a couple of Biblical passages, “trust God above man” and “do not cooperate with evil,” she said.

“Every time we engage with this industry, we are cooperating with evil. I have made my best effort to remove myself from that industry completely,” Jane said.

Despite the tragic story, Haley remained the bright spot throughout all of her ordeals. “Everybody loved her in the hospital,” Jane said. “Everybody that knew her received love. She was just a total joy to have in my life.”

About the vaccines Haley received

The package insert for Pediarix warns against severe allergic reactions, encephalopathy (coma, decreased level of consciousness, prolonged seizures) and progressive neurologic disorders (infantile spasms, uncontrolled epilepsy or progressive encephalopathy).

The insert also references adverse reactions to “prior pertussis vaccination,” including 105°F fever, collapse or shock-like state (hypotonic-hyporesponsive episode), persistent inconsolable crying lasting more than three hours and seizures.

Follow-up for serious adverse events for Pediarix lasted only 30 days, according to the insert, with 1% of subjects reporting serious events such as pyrexia, gastroenteritis, bronchiolitis and “culture-negative clinical sepsis.” Five deaths were reported among 14 clinical trials with a total of 8,088 recipients.

In a U.S. safety study where subjects received the Hib and pneumococcal vaccines alongside Pediarix, 3% of subjects developed chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes mellitus and chronic neutropenia.

In post-marketing reports for Pediarix, the insert lists the following adverse reactions: cyanosis, diarrhea, vomiting, upper respiratory tract infection, abnormal liver function tests, encephalitis, hypotonia, somnolence, syncope, insomnia, unusual crying, screaming, apnea, dyspnea (shortness of breath), angioedema, erythema, rash, urticaria (hives), pallor and petechiae.

The package insert for the HIBERIX Hib vaccine (not confirmed as the exact brand Haley received but characteristic of the class of vaccines) reports allergic reactions including anaphylactic and anaphylactoid reactions, angioedema, convulsions, hypotonic-hyporesponsive episodes, somnolence, syncope, vasovagal responses, apnea, rash and urticaria.

The package insert for Prevnar 13 warns against using the vaccine for those born prematurely, which could cause apnea. It warns that the vaccine could cause severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis and that individuals with “altered immunocompetence could have reduced antibody responses” to the vaccine.

The insert reports serious adverse events for as many as 8.2% of recipients over 13 clinical trials, which included bronchiolitis, gastroenteritis and pneumonia, as well as four sudden infant deaths (SIDS) — about .1%.

Learn more about vaccine side effects here: “Read the Fine Print: Vaccine Package Inserts Reveal Hundreds of Medical Conditions Linked to Vaccines” Part 1 and Part 2.

Learn more about CHD’s “Vax-Unvax” bus tour and watch more interviews here.

Watch Jane Larson’s interview here: