In February the British government finally compensated Josh Hadfield after he was left permanently disabled from receiving the Pandemrix flu vaccine as a 4-year-old. In total, he will receive $174,000 in damages. He is now 10. His fight has been going on for years.
Reportedly, Josh slept for 19 hours following his flu vaccine. But his condition more formally presented itself several weeks later when he began falling asleep every five minutes and suffering from seizures. Initially, the British government refused to pay.
However, his mother Caroline, 45, never gave up, determined to seek justice for her son and their family. Families are entitled to £120,000 through the Vaccine Damage Payments Scheme BUT, only if they can prove ‘severe’ disability.
From The Daily Mail:
‘It will help secure Josh’s future – it’s just a shame we had to jump through this amount of hoops to get this far,’she added.
We rejoice with their family now that justice has been served, however, that small amount will never really and fully compensate Josh for all he’s been through, has yet to go through, and all he’s already lost.