After Being Vaccinated with Cervical Cancer Vaccine

It is with heavy heart that we announce Australian, London Olympics medallist rower, Sarah Tait, has died after a battle with cervical cancer- she was just 33.

Sarah is survived by her senior national coach husband Bill and their two children.

She had received the HPV vaccine and did do chemotherapy but sadly, she was just taken far too young.

From the Yahoo News article:

“It’s not how I thought my life would look like at this stage.

I had the cervical cancer vaccine when I was younger. I’ve had regular pap smears my whole life, most recently in December, which didn’t pick it up. Said Tait.”

I quote from CBS website directly:

“Women who receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine may be more likely to be infected with certain high-risk strains of the virus than women who do not get the vaccine, according to a new study.” – CBS NEWS < click here and see cbs link at bottom of page for those needing the source.

I am contacted by  women or their mothers who have contracted HPV after the vaccination (even all 3)   Merck now says that for Gardasil there is a solution, and that is yet another shot, but some are skeptical.

Perth-born and raised Tait, who captained Australia’s rowing team at the Beijing Olympics was diagnosed with cervical cancer in March 2013. Before her diagnosis, she was fit and healthy. The diagnosis shocked she and her husband, telling The West Australian, “It’s been a rollercoaster.”

Fight for life: Olympic medallist and world champion rower Sarah Tait with Luca. 

Tait won a gold and silver medal at the 2005 World Rowing championships, as well as a bronze in the same competition in 2011. She won her Olympic silver medal in the pairs in 2012.

Sarah Tait and Kate Hornsey of Australia celebrate with their medals at the 2012 Olympics. Picture: Getty

More from Yahoo News:

“in 2013 Bill told ‘The West Australian’ he felt ‘ripped off’ by the diagnosis.

She’s (Sarah) never done anything to bring this on, he said.”

Tait shows her daughter Leila her silver medal in 2012. Picture: Getty

Rob Scott, Rowing Australia’s CEO, said she was a role model to all athletes and remembered her as determined and passionate in her sport, remarking that she will be missed.

Our heart goes out to her husband and children. We will update you as more information becomes available on this story about a hero to so many.