As the fourth anniversary of Lorrin's death approaches, Karen Kain talks about her life after her daughter's vaccine injury. The difficult times in Lorrin's early infant years were unbearable. Vaccine injury is devastating to families. This is only one story.
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My name is Karen Kain; my daughter Lorrin was vaccine injured on April 27th, 1994.
Lorrin was born on March 15, 1994. Becoming a mother was the best thing that ever happened to me, for the first time in my life I felt complete. Lorrin was so beautiful. When she was born the nurses told the hospital staff to check out the precious newborn in the nursery, I was very proud.
On the morning of April 27th I was holding Lorrin, she looked up at me and gave me the biggest smile. I had no idea that this would be my first and last smile for a long time. That day I took Lorrin in for her well baby check up. Lorrin received a DPT vaccine, she then fell into a deep sleep; two hours later she woke screaming and shaking. I held her in my arms as far as possible away from me, as her tiny body shook. This lasted for five minutes. When she stopped I ran to the bathroom and vomited.
Now, I was afraid of my new baby. I took her back to the pediatrician’s office. During the examination, she did it again in front of the doctor, also lasting for five minutes. I screamed at the doctor telling her to make it stop. I was told that Lorrin was having a seizure and she sent me to the hospital. This day, my life changed forever.
Fourteen days later Lorrin had her third seizure and by May 9th she had had nine five minutes seizures in one day, which left her body lifeless. My Lorrin was getting worse every day. At four months of age she was taking 3 different anti-seizure medications. After nine days of being in the hospital her neurologist told me, “Mrs. Kain, your baby is retarded. Look at her!” I was devastated. Until this time the doctors told me that sometimes babies have seizures but generally they grow out of them.
The one good thing that came from this visit was the first conversation with a CDC (Center for Disease Control) specialist. This doctor told us that Lorrin was having a typical vaccine reaction to the DPT. This surprised us, as doctors would not discuss Lorrin’s vaccine injury. My husband and I did our research and found Andrew Dodd to represent Lorrin. He was the only attorney at the time in our area, who specialized in the vaccine injury field. We then found Dr. Menkes to be her neurologist.
In this time we learned that Lorrin received what is called a “Hot Lot”, that means that 30 kids had seizures or worse reported with the same lot that Lorrin had had, there were also 10 surrounding deaths. It is important to mention here that the drug companies back then and still do today, scatter the lots, when mailing them to the doctor’s office. Lorrin’s lot was scattered all over the United States so that the same doctor would not see all the vaccine reactions. This is legal and approved by our government.
On the day that I received the letter stating that the government agreed that the DPT vaccine damaged Lorrin, I was sick to my stomach. I was told that this was a huge accomplishment, but I felt in my gut that we were in for a long and difficult journey. Lorrin never slept and cried all the time, when she wasn’t crying she was having seizures. I was shoveling all kinds of different medications into her tiny body. It felt like I was living in hell, my husband and I were fighting over money and treatments for her. It didn’t matter what we did for her, she kept on having seizures. We were in and out of the hospital with no hope in sight.
This was a time before the Internet. I was isolated and alone. My only hope was that the National Vaccine Compensation Program, (NVCP) would step in and help us. The fact that they agreed the cause of injury was vaccine related, was great; the next step was to decide how much money should be given to Lorrin to help her for the rest of her life. I was very afraid for her. Her father was in great denial about her condition, but I stayed home with her and watched her seizures. It was me who went to the doctor’s office always receiving the bad news.
The first time I met the team from the NVCP was at Cedars Sinai ICU. Lorrin was in the hospital as usual for uncontrolled seizures. I waited with great anticipation. Everything was taking too long, every day she was alive she was another day behind. Lorrin was making no childhood gains, anything she did was lost immediately with her constant seizures and drug changes. Dr. Menkes, who wrote the book the doctors studied to become a doctor, told me that she was one of the worst seizure cases he had treated.
I remember the day as if it were yesterday. I was standing with Mr. Dodd, wearing baggy sweats after another sleepless night in the ICU; I never left Lorrin’s side. It was then, that the NVCP legal/medical team walked in. It was an awkward moment to say the least. The NVCP, sent an attorney and a nurse who greeted me and went straight to Lorrin’s bedside crib. They proceeded to examine her and took her diaper off. I asked Mr. Dodd what they were doing? He replied, that they were looking for bed soars. He told me quite frankly, “These people are not your friends; they are trying to prove that you are a bad parent.” I was stunned. This meeting was my only hope for my family’s future, Lorrin’s future. I did not speak after that.
I was told by Mr. Dodd, after we received our trial date, that our case was to be heard by the nicest special master that the vaccine court had. We had Special Master French. I was in such a dark cloud it never dawned on me how alone we were. I did not understand the horrible fact that my family was not entitled to due process from my peers. I was in a fog, afraid for my daughter, as she was far sicker than I ever imagined any child could be. The only place in America that Americans are not entitled to due process is in vaccine court. You cannot sue the drug company or the doctor and you do not receive judgment from your peers. At the time we were in court there were 11 Special Masters to oversee vaccine injury trials. Vaccine court is hidden so that no one can see what vaccine injured families go through.
We spent three long days in my attorney’s office fighting about how much money Lorrin’s life was worth. We started the process with the NVCP lawyers telling us that we had to place Lorrin in a special care facility, we said no, and the battle was on. The nurse told me that no parent wanted a hospital bed in his or her house. She told me that Lorrin would only need a wheelchair and a bed and that was all that they should pay for. We asked for 83 items to care for Lorrin for the rest of her life. Each point started off with a denial and then we argued. We fought for 20 minutes about Huggies wipes. Special Master French got so upset by the way I was being treated, she threatened to remove the NVCP’s nurse from the room. She was beyond horrible.
The truth is that my husband and I were broken, and my daughter was a disaster. In 1998 we put Lorrin into a coma twice to stop her seizures, she then went on to have chronic lung disease. She was a quadriplegic, cortically blind, non-verbal, breathed through a tracheal diversion. She had 13 surgeries and countless procedures. I never left her side at the hospital and in 1998 alone, we spent 171 days in ICU. My life as I knew it was over. I lived in fear of loosing her and her father. I had no support and felt very alone. My friends were all gone; no one wanted to be around this disaster that was my life. We were surviving, barely.
Even though it was agreed that Lorrin was vaccine injured, it took three long years to settle with the NVCP regarding how much money my daughter’s life was worth. Separated from Lorrin’s father, I was living with my mother. We separated due to the unbelievably stressful situation. He was a broken man, our finances were ruined, and our daughter’s life was at constant risk from the severe brain damage. We grieved and coped differently. He was drinking himself to death. He finally died December 2003. My little girl, Lorrin Danielle Kain, died in my arms at home December 22, 2009.
The NVCP, counts on the fact that the families are devastated and takes advantage in every possible way. I am strong now and as I look back I cannot believe how unjustly I was treated. If my daughter was the one in two hundred fifty thousand injured by a vaccine, taking a hit for the team, she should be treated as a hero. My family and I should have been treated as heroes and held up high and taken care of. Who knows if her father would be alive today, if the NVCP had had any decency at all and stepped in and supported us through this terrible time? The Vaccine Compensation Program should be ashamed. And now our government wants to make vaccines mandatory. They do not have our children’s health in mind this is not a battle of what is best for our children it is a battle about money.
Parents need to understand and educate themselves on some very important facts:
1 Vaccines are made with – aborted fetal tissue (human DNA), aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde and MSG. Please go online and read the manufactures’ inserts. Here is a link to Johns Hopkins – Institute for Vaccine Safety Package Inserts –http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/package_inserts.htm
2 The current vaccine schedule requires, at the 6-month well baby check up 9 vaccines at once, including the flu shot. This vaccine schedule has never been tested. They have been tested separately, but there is no research when combined.
3 The US has the highest vaccine schedule and one of the highest infant mortality rates; we fall behind 33 other developed nations regarding infant mortality (the death rate for children under the age of 2). We are ranked behind 78 other nations for infants who die within the first 24 hours of life.
4 The CDC states that 1 in 2 children has chronic illness which includes, Autism, Autism spectrum disorders, allergies, Seizures, asthma, obesity, diabetes, etc.
5 The only education that doctors receive from medical school in how to give vaccines is according to the CDC schedule. They are not educated on vaccine ingredients or what a vaccine injury looks like.
6 The CDC regulates the safety of the vaccine policy and the vaccine schedule. The CDC is supported by over 11 billion taxpayer dollars. The federal government takes 75 cents from each vaccine given. This is called Excise Tax. For each single vaccine given they receive .75 cents and $2.25 for a combination vaccine such as the MMR. This money is used to pay for “Vaccine Court” which protects the drug companies’ and the doctors from being sued by the injured party. BUT, they also take a 25% administration fee, that amount is put into the US general fund used to fight wars or whatever they see fit. “The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program” (VICP), was created in 1986 to support families who have been vaccine injured. My daughter Lorrin was compensated by the VICP.
7 The National Institute of Health owned a piece of the development of the Gardasil vaccine. Merck, then bought the vaccine patent. The CDC now promotes giving it. Many are concerned that we have our federal government making money from promoting vaccines. When they should be reviewing the safety of vaccines. Ideally you would think that the CDC would not be able to become partners with the corporations it is set up to study. That is what is often referred to as, “The fox guarding the hen house.”
8 The best thing that I can do is to share my story of how I was treated by Human & Health Services, after they had immediately agreed that Lorrin was vaccine injured. The lot from which her vaccination came from had 30 reports of seizures or worse and 10 surrounding deaths. It took 3 years to settle on the amount that my daughter’s life was worth. My family did not receive due process (to have a judge and jury). Vaccine court is the only court in the US that denies due process. If Lorrin took a “Hit for the team, or for the greater good”, then she should have been treated like a hero.
Earlier in the year the statistics came out stating that 1 in 68 children has an Autism diagnosis. This was brushed over by the mainstream media. What most people don’t’ understand is that 1 in 68 is an understated figure, because it omits children who are under the age of twelve. A more accurate estimate, based on the yearly rate of increase at 13% (per CDC) to their 1 in 68 number from 2014, extrapolated out, actually comes out for 2014 to an alarming 1 in 21 for three- year-olds having Autism or Autism like behaviors and a 1 in 18 for two-year-old babies. We as a people should all be concerned. This affects all of us in every way. The projection is that in 2025, 1 in 2, that is, half of our children will have an Autism diagnosis.
We also all need to be aware that our government is trying to make vaccinations mandatory in all states. We need to keep our focus and stay strong regarding this very important issue -
I drove down to Santa Maria, California and stood on the corner with Candyce Estave, holding signs that said, “No Shots No School….Not True!”. This is a huge campaign started by Marcella Piper-Terry with VaxTruth.org. I strongly encourage parents to educate themselves on their exemption rights. Each state has different exemption laws. Currently there are two states, Mississippi, and West Virginia that only allow medical exemptions. In all other states you can sign a religious and or philosophical exemption. But our government is trying to take that right away from us.
Another huge concern that I am not sure many people know about has recently taken place in California; Children 12-18 can be vaccinated for sexually transmitted diseases without their parents’ permission. They cannot get a library card but they can go in and receive a vaccination without the consent of their parents. There have been many reports that children are being bullied when going into the schools nurse office for other reasons. They are being told, “If you have sex you will get cancer and die”, in an effort to push the Gardasil vaccination. If a child has a reaction to the vaccine and their parents have no idea that it was given, how can we properly care for our children? This entire subject scares me. Please take a moment and google “Gardasil injuries” and see how many of our girls have been injured by this vaccine.
In late August I was traumatized by the CDC whistleblower events. I like many others, waited each day to see what would come of this……
On August 27, 2014, Dr. Thompson, who worked as a CDC scientist for 16 years issued a statement saying that he and his coworkers changed statistically important data, which showed that African American males had a 240% higher increase in the risk of Autism when given the MMR vaccine before 36 months of age. To make this data look more favorably they pulled every child out of the study who didn’t have a valid Georgia birth certificate. That then reduced the African American population in the study group by 41%. It weakened the analysis so the results were no longer significant. Not only have millions of African American boys been at risk for getting Autism, but we also have lost 10 years of research.
This story blew up in “my” community of vaccine-injured families. Why do I think that these statistics are covered up? One word, Money. There is much money being made at the expense of our children. I am outraged. I have known that we are being lied to for many years, since my experience with the vaccine injury compensation program. The fact that this has not been in the mainstream media every day since this statement was made is extremely disturbing. It shows just how much money is controlling our news. If you watch television it would be hard not to notice that the majority of advertisements are pharmaceutical related products.
Please parents do the work! Educate yourself. One way of doing this, is to read the manufactures inserts and learn about what is in the vaccination. Most people spend more time researching a purchase of a cell phone than they do researching what they are putting into vaccines.
I encourage parents to ask, “Does my baby need a HepB vaccine on the day that they are born?” Expectant mothers need to educate and be prepared before they go to the delivery room. The best parent is an informed parent. Vaccines are medical procedures. There are no medical procedures that are safe for all people. You have the right to say no. If a doctor or nurse, regarding any medical procedure, threatens or coerces you, you should report them to the medical ethics state board. It is illegal to threaten; bully and fear monger you into a medical procedure.
I refer you to VaxTruth.org
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