Dengvaxia claims 91st victim -- PAO

October 08, 2018

Forensic experts of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) reported the Dengvaxia vaccine has claimed its 91st victim.

John Paul R. Dumaplin, 13, received the vaccine twice in 2016 -- April 19 and Nov. 22. He never had dengue but was admitted due to paralysis  and weakness secondary to electrolyte imbalance. Unfortunately, there were no adequate screening done on him prior to vaccination. The symptoms started in September this year as he complained of body pains, headache,stomach and vomiting. He was admitted to a hospital last Sept. 26 and died on the same day.

The family requested assistance from PAO forensic team through the Volunteers Against and Corruption.

The forensic examination preliminary findings included multiple organ enlargement and hemorrhage. Immediate cause of death was hemorrhage and edema of the brain (both hemispheres of the cerebrum, cerebellum, and brainstem).

Meanwhile the 90th Dengvaxia victim was Donita Jen. C. Fernandez, 13. She received three doses of Dengvaxia vaccine, the first  in May 2016, second in Nov .15, 2016 and the third last June 28, 2017. Two days prior to Fernandez’ demise, she complained of severe abdominal pain so she was rushed to the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC), where she later died.