In­quest hears child care worker Katie (23) de­vel­oped nar­colepsy af­ter swine flu vac­ci­na­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A “shy and anx­ious” woman who de­vel­oped nar­colepsy af­ter been given a vac­cine for swine flu fell from a multi-story car park a day af­ter see­ing a psy­chol­o­gist, an in­quest heard.

Katie Clack, 23, suf­fered fa­tal in­juries af­ter fall­ing from a Queens gate shop­ping cen­tre car park in Peter­bor­ough, on Septem­ber 23,2014, South Lin­colnshire coro­ners’ court heard at in­quest which opened yes­ter­day.

In the pre­ced­ing 18 months she had suf­fered from psy­chosis and clin­i­cal de­pres­sion which was ex­ac­er­bated af­ter she de­vel­oped nar­colepsy.

Miss Clack, a nurs­ery nurse from Peter­bor­ough, con­tracted the con­di­tion - which makes suf­fer­ers fall asleep or sleepy - af­ter she re­ceived the Pan­dem­rix jab aged 18 as part of a na­tional vac­ci­na­tion scheme dur­ing the 2009-10 swine flu pan­demic.

When she was di­ag­nosed a year later she was sleep­ing up to 19 hours a day and had fallen into chronic de­pres­sion with “no qual­ity of life” by the time she died. She left her fam­ily a note urg­ing them to pur­sue her le­gal case against Glax­o­SmithK­line, the firm which man­u­fac­tured the drug.

The de­pres­sion led her to gain around eight stones in weight, caused her to have prob­lems at work and stop wash­ing her­self.

Miss Clack is be­lieved to be one of around 90 peo­ple in the coun­try who de­vel­oped the con­di­tion af­ter been given the vac­cine.

The psy­chosis led her to hear voices, in­clud­ing a woman who, the in­quest heard, told her to kill her­self.

Dr Gemma Hendry is a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist who saw Miss Clack at 11am the day be- fore she died. Shes aid: “There was no sus­pi­cions raised with me. She had plans for later in that week. At no point did she ex­press sui­ci­dal in­ten­tions or did she be­come stressed in the last ses­sion.”

Miss Clack had pre­vi­ously vis­ited the car park on two oc­ca­sions but was per­suaded to leave af­ter tex­ting her sis­ter, the court heard.

The court heard that Miss Clack had been sec­tioned in April, 2013 af­ter de­vel­op­ing para­noid psy­cho tic delu­sions.

She was di­ag­nosed with schizophre­nia dur­ing her four week stay at the hos­pi­tal. Her con­di­tion im­proved and she was re­leased on April 30 to re­turn to her par­ents’ house.

Within days she de­te­ri­o­rated and vol­un­tar­ily re­turned to the hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

She was dis­charged on June 3 and then sup­ported by the Com­mu­nity Cri­sis Team.

Miss Clack’s fam­ily is rep­re­sented by law firm Hodge Jones & Allen. Be­fore the start of the in­quest they said: “The Clack fam­ily have waited a long time for this in­quest and hope that it will un­cover the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Katie’s death, con­sid­er­ing in par­tic­u­lar whether more could have been done to in­ter­vene and to help her and whether op­por­tu­ni­ties were missed that may have ul­ti­mately pre­vented her death.”

The in­quest con­tin­ues.

Katie Clack

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