Death fall linked to swine flu jab

Fam­ily hit out at drug af­ter in­quest finds link be­tween vac­cine and nar­colepsy which led to Katie Clack’s death

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

The fam­ily of 23-year-old Peter­bor­ough woman Katie Clack, who fell to her death from a car park at Queens­gate shop­ping cen­tre, say she was ‘let down’ by the swine flu vac­cine she took.

The fam­ily of a nurs­ery nurse who killed her­self af­ter de­vel­op­ing nar­colepsy when she was given a swine flu vac­cine have said she was ‘let down’ by the drug. Kathryn Clack-known as Katie- was re­quired to get the vac­cine for her job–but it left her with the sleep­ing dis­or­der and an­other con­di­tion that made her des­per­ately un­happy.

An in­quest was told the 23-year-old was seen on CCTV walk­ing into the Queens­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre in Peter­bor­ough, tak­ing the lift to the top floor, level 11, and then step­ping off.

Miss Clack, who died from head in­juries, had de­vel­oped nar­colepsy weeks af­ter be­ing given the Pan­dem­rix vac­cine for swine flu in De­cem­ber 2009, dur­ing the pan­demic of t hat year.

Yes­ter­day, (Aug 10) a coro­ner said the nar­colepsy was caused by the vac­cine.

Peter Todd and Freya Col vino flaw firm Hodge Jones & Allen rep­re­sented Katie’s fam­ily at the in­quest.

They said: “Katie was an en­er­getic young woman who had just dis­cov­ered her pas­sion work­ing with chil­dren. Nar­colepsy turned her life into a ter­ri­ble daily strug­gle and dras­ti­cally re­duced her qual­ity of life.

“We can­not be­lieves he would have de­cided to take her own life had the bal­ance of her mind not been dis­turbed. “We feel she was let down by the de­fec­tive vac­cine which caused her nar­colepsy.”

Freya Colvin added: “The Clack fam­ily has waited a long time for this in­quest. It is im­por­tant that the coro- ner has recog­nised the causal link be­tween the vac­cine and nar­colepsy and the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact this had on Katie’s short life.”

The in­quest was told that at some points Miss C lack was even sleep­ing upto 19 hours a day and her men­tal health de­te­ri­o­rated.

She started suf­fer­ing from clin­i­cal de­pres­sion and psy­chosis.

Miss Clack was sec­tioned un­der the Men­tal Health Act at Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal in April 2013.

Dur­ing her four-week stay she was di­ag­nosed with schizophre­nia by consu lt antpsy- chi­a­trist Dr Sepehr Hafizi.

The in­quest was told Katie had pre­vi­ously at­tempted to take her own life af­ter tak­ing an over­dose.

On an­other oc­ca­sion, she had told her sis­ter she was at the carpark and was go­ing to jump. Her sis­ter talked her out of it on that oc­ca­sion.

The 23-yearold was re­quired to have the in­fluenza vac­cine on De­cem­ber 8,2009, due to her em­ploy­ment as a nurs­ery nurse.

Paul Cooper, se­nior coro­ner for South Lin­colnshire, said: “She de­vel­oped a rare chronic sleep dis­or­der called nar­colepsy which is char­ac­terised by ex­ces­sive day­time sleepi­ness, hal­lu­ci­na­tions, sleep, paral­y­sis and cat­a­plexy.”

He said cat­a­plexy meant Miss Clack, a for­mer Deep­ing School pupil, could col­lapse on the floor at any time.

He added: “The three fac­tors of the nar­colepsy, cat­a­plexy and psy­chotic episodes in­flu­enc­ing her life over a short pe­riod of time had their im­pact, which led to her tak­ing her own life by jump­ing from the Queens­gate Cen­tre on Septem­ber 23, 2014 at a time when I deem she had ca­pac­ity.”

Mr Cooper recorded a nar­ra­tive con­clu­sion.

“We­feel she was let down by the de­fec­tive vac­cine” The Clack fam­ily “Katie’s case was ac­knowl­edged to be com­plex and very rare”

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