MMR Victim Refused Compensation For Not Being Disabled Enough

Katie Stephen was injured by the MMR vaccine

It has now been proven that the ‘Vaccine Damage Payments Unit’  (VDPU) not only cherry pick who they award compensation to, depending on the level of disability but also change their rules to suit their needs, as they go along.

Katie Stephen has been left permanently and profoundly deaf in her left ear as a result of receiving the now banned MMR vaccine Pluserix.  Despite her injury however, Katie has been refused compensation for her disability because the VDPU deems her to be less than 60% disabled.

Katie Stephen was a healthy baby girl when she was injected with the MMR triple vaccine. Ten days later she was vomiting, delirious, screamed continually and was feverish with an inflamed left tympanic membrane and a sore throat, all signs that Katie may have been suffering from encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) a condition known to cause deafness.

I asked Mrs. Stephen, Katie’s mother, just how her daughters disability had affected her. Mrs. Stephen told me that her daughter had endured many difficulties during her lifetime, these include not being able to play with, or understand, many toys and having to give up the violin because it is played on the left side of the head and Katie could not hear the sounds, She told me that Katie was often bullied and felt very left out because she could not always understand what was going on, often finding many situations just too distressing to cope with. She said:

“Katie, as with most people who suffer from SSD (Single Sided Deafness) cannot determine the direction of a sound and this was a great hazard when she was smaller and she needed constant supervision and support for much longer than most children would do. In certain environments where a lot of noise is generated and the acoustics are bad, such as in swimming pools, pleasure parks, funfairs, cinemas and gymnasiums, larger cities etc, Katie becomes effectively stone deaf. She cannot attend discos or loud concerts and has on many occasions had to leave functions where the sound levels were loud and distressed her. This of course also led to social isolation at a time when most of her peers were disco mad.”

She concluded with these words:

“When she was small I could always ensure by always being there, that she presented herself to the best of her abilities and that she was always safe from either danger or criticisms/embarrassment, but that’s not so easy now she’s grown up. She lives everyday with the fact she’s different and just living each day requires double effort in every respect for Katie.”

So what constitutes 60% disability and who makes up these ridiculous guidelines in the first place?

A vaccine injury is a vaccine injury, period! This means that a person, in this case a child, has been damaged by a vaccine, sanctioned by their government and authorized as safe. Katie was given a vaccine that left her with a permanent life long disability. The definition of the word ‘disability’, means that a person has a physical or mental condition which seriously inhibits their ability to interact with others and enjoy life to the full? Katie has adapted her world to fit the requirements of the hearing world. She has had to make huge sacrifices such as forgoing a normal teenage life, enjoying parties, trips to the fairground and cinema: is this not disability enough to satisfy the VDPU?

Apparently not! They appear to have no problem accepting that the MMR vaccine caused Katie’s disability, as they stated this in their letter to Katie regarding their decision. They said:

  • It has been accepted that, on the balance of probability, vaccination has caused/contributed to Katie Stephen’s disablement.
  • The overall evidence suggests that the MMR vaccine given, which contained the Urabe strain of attenuated mumps virus was biologically capable of causing sensori-neural deafness. This vaccine was subsequently removed from use.
  • Katie was well when given her vaccination on09/12/1991and on22/12/1991had an inflamed tympanic membrane. Health Visitor records confirmed hearing loss on left side at 18 month assessment, when previous tests were normal. Katie was diagnosed with sensori-neural deafness in 1996.
  • On the balance of probabilities, it is more likely than not, that the sensori-neural deafness of the left ear was caused by the MMR vaccine.

So, no problem there then but then they add:

However, it has not been accepted that disablement resulting from vaccination is severe (ie. at least 60%)”

So what does the VDPU actually say on their website? I read the list of requirements and rules with utter disbelief, talk about have it all your own way:


If you’re severely disabled as a result of a vaccination against certain diseases, you may be able to get a Vaccine Damage Payment. This is a one-off tax-free payment of £120,000. Find out more about Vaccine Damage Payment including how to claim.

          What counts as ‘severely disabled’

Disablement is worked out as a percentage, and ‘severe disablement’ means at least 60 per cent disabled. This could be a mental or physical disablement.

For example, total loss of sight or hearing is usually counted as 100 per cent..

         Effect on other benefits

Your Vaccine Damage Payment can affect other benefits and    entitlements like:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Employment and Support Allowance

The effect the payment will have depends on a number of things. This includes the payment being put into a trust and the payments being made from it.

You should let the office that deals with your benefit or tax credit claim know if you’ve got a Vaccine Damage Payment. They will then be able give you more information.


So basically if you have a limited income and receive any of the above benefits and theUKgovernment introduces a dangerous and life threatening vaccine such as Pluserix into the children’s vaccine schedule, which then injures or even kills your baby, the VDPU may pay you compensation but you could loose your home as a result!!!

In the UK Housing Benefit can pay the full rent and Council Tax for a family if they are on limited income. These families can also receive a combination of the above benefits on top. Effectively this means that a family already needing to be financially supported by the government agencies will be further penalized if their child is severely disabled as a result of a vaccine that they have sanctioned.

Not only has this but the VDPU use the ‘Industrial Injury criteria’ to measure how disabled your child is and whether or not they meet the 60% disability criteria. In another letter they wrote:

“The severity of disablement in individual cases is assessed on the same basis as that for the Industrial Injuries Disablement Scheme, which is widely accepted as a test of severity.”

Now, how can a baby injured by a vaccine, that the government has authorized as a safe vaccine, be compared to an individual who has had an injury in the work place? The whole system is totally corrupt!!

Now if this all is not bad enough, this is where it all becomes really interesting. I will begin by giving a brief history of the vaccine Pluserix.

Short History of MMR Vaccine Pluserix

The Pluserix MMR vaccine was originally introduced to the UKin 1988.  Unlike Merck’s MMR vaccine MMR11, Pluserix, manufactured by Glaxo Smith Kline contained the Urabe mumps strain of the mumps virus. Due to the growing concerns about the vaccines safety Pluserix was later removed from the market in 1992. Interestingly, however, Pluserix was first manufactured as Trivirix in Canada who withdrew the vaccine from use the same year as it was introduced to the UK vaccine schedule in 1988, Despite knowing this, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization still went ahead and introduced the vaccine into the UK with it’s new name Pluserix , that same year.  Maybe, GSK and the UK government naively believed that by giving the vaccine a new name, it would be second time lucky for this ill fated vaccine? Sadly and tragically history repeated itself and on September 14th1992 Trivirix/Pluserix was withdrawn from use in theUK.


In September 1992 the New Zealandgovernment also withdrew Pluserix. http://www.whale.to/vaccine/mmr15.html

It has been revealed that many children who had been given Pluserix, suffered severe side effects including, mumps, meningitis and encephalitis. It is a recognized fact that encephalitis can lead to deafness. Effectively, Katie was damaged by a vaccine that was known to the government in 1988 to be unsafe but this government decided to vaccinate children as young as 13 months old with it anyway. Not only that but when Pluserix was advertised to GP’s in the medical journals, it was not advertised with the ‘black triangle’ status symbol. All new vaccines and drugs should have what is known as the ‘Black Triangle’ status.

The black triangle is a standard symbol added to the vaccine or drug’s product information during the early stages of use. It is used to warn doctors that they are using a new product to encourage vigilance and reporting of all suspected adverse reactions during the early stages. If a doctor, nurse or pharmacist suspects an adverse reaction has occurred when they have been using a black triangle product, they should report it to the Committee on Safety of Medicines immediately, by using the Yellow Card spontaneous reporting scheme. This system is designed to pick up unexpected problems or rare side effects.

It was this system which led to the withdrawal of two brands of MMR vaccine, which used a particular strain (Urabe) mumps virus in their manufacturing process. Post marketing surveillance determined an unacceptable risk of vaccine-related encephalitis, which in turn led to MMR vaccines containing the Urabe mumps strain to be discontinued in 1992.

When asked who is responsible for giving drugs and vaccines the black triangle status, the MHRA replied that it was the pharmaceutical industry. This means that GSK did not comply with the guidelines set out to ensure the publics safety regarding this vaccine.

It is totally unacceptable that Katie has been treated in this way. It is about time this whole situation was resolved and Katie received the compensation she deserves. She was vaccinated with a vaccine that was dangerous, unsafe and should never have been authorized in the first place. Not only this but the drugs company who manufactured this vaccine did not comply with safety regulations required for all new drugs and vaccines. It does not matter what degree of disability this child suffered, she was injured by this vaccine. For goodness sake, if it was a car taken off the road for causing a small child to be injured there would be a public outrage.

I would like to thank Wendy Stephen Katie’s mother for providing me with the documents and letters to enable me to expose this issue.

Christina England, BA Hons

  • The sooner parents wake up to the fact that vaccination is an organised criminal enterprise dressed up as disease prevention, the sooner such tragic vaccine injuries will no longer happen.

  • It’s so sad that parents still go through this stuff. And the sad part is they don’t know better, they are just doing what their doctors tell them they need to do! It’s the doctors fault! Doctors should stand by their oath of “First Do No Harm” and not their oath to “First Make More Money!”

  • Really

    This isn’t news but rather an example of Christina’s inability to do math. If deafness in both ears is 100% disability then by basic math and standard insurance policy guidelines, deafness in one ear is 50% disability.
    “It has now been proven that the ‘Vaccine Damage Payments Unit’  (VDPU) not only cherry pick who they award compensation to, depending on the level of disability but also change their rules to suit their needs, as they go along.” Just because you disagree with the decision doesn’t make this statement true. Less rhetoric and more “actual facts” would be helpful. 

  • Mrsvoltaire

    Isn’t deafness a side effect of measles?  If she had measles at least she would have a life time immunity to the disease; now she is disabled and still will be susceptible to the disease as an adult.  That is just wrong!

  • Viera Scheibner

    I am really sad about the whole issue of parents not seeing that they just can’t trust the government and the Health department with anything they say. Don”t the parents know by now enough about the documented dangers and ineffectiveness of vaccines to simply exercise their legal right NOT to vaccinate?  Don’t they know that normal natural infectious diseases of childhood such as measles, rubella, whooping cough etc etc.(not meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis, which are vaccine-caused) are beneficial for children by priming and maturing the immune system and representing developmental milestones? Provided they are NOT mismanaged by the administration of antibiotics and antipyretics?

    These days the right information is at the parents’ finger tips, everybody has a computer at home.  What do they use it for? Buying rubbish they don’t need on e-bay?

    One can download enough of medical papers free of charge and read first hand that the very orthodox medical research has been demonstrating for more than 100 years that vaccines of any and all kind simply cause anaphylaxis, a harmful immune response, and not prophylaxis. Product inserts for all pharma products, including vaccines, list pages and pages of serious reactions.  All outbreaks and epidemics occur in the vaccinated. Everybody can see it in schools.

  • Pvc1972

    More interesting is that Katie Stephen was denied justice in court, thanks to Andrew Wakefield and Richard Barr who caused the MR/MMR litigation to ignore the plight of children affected by the Urabe mumps strain and to focus instead on the fantasy fraud that measles virus caused inflammatory bowel disease.  I hope that Christina England pursues this, and ensures that parents understand what Wakefield did to them and their children.

  • Our Government is screwed up…They Deny these Children Compensation but give Workers Compensation to Illegals who get hurt on Jobs…Many of whom Go back to their country and Keep collecting FOR LIFE…..

  • Yes Really

    Well, that depends on perspective. A person deaf in one ear doesn’t just lose has their hearing; they lose the ability to judge the direction of sound as well. That’s not a small issue, believe me. I suffer from it as well, and have nearly died on several occasions because of it. Crossing busy streets can become deadly confusing. Had nearly crossed the street, heard a car coming but didn’t know which direction it was coming from, so I instinctively went back to the side of the road I started from and narrowly missed the car I was aiming to avoid. It sounds stupid, I know, but believe me it’s confusing and very distressful.

  • Scotdocbri

    You really should do a bit of research before making sweeping and inaccurate statements.  Andrew Wakefield et al simply wrote that 12 children who had IBD also had THE VACCINE STRAIN OF THE VIRUS, NOT the wild virus, in their guts. And then suggested that slowing down the vaccine schedule might not be a bad idea.  Besides that, did you see in the article where the virus was KNOWN to be unsafe back in 1988. Katie Stephen was not given the vax until 1992.  All of which was way before Andrew Wakefield wrote anything.  When the UK government wanted a vaccine manufactured in the UK they went to (I think it was GSK) AFTER they’d (GSK) pulled the vax from manufacture and AFTER Canada had discontinued it and INDEMNIFIED them (GSK) from any lawsuites and had them go ahead and make the vax WITH the Urabe virus ~ knowing it was in there and knowing it was dangerous.  Again, nothing to do with Wakefield.  It is the government officials whose names are on that deal that have blood on their hands and should be tried and treated as criminals. 

  • So you loose hearing in one ear for instance, how do you put a price on all the friendhips Katie should have had Really ?? Simply, mathematics is not life, nor can it nor should it be used to calculate life loss.Katie is vaccine damaged end off period compensate her ..

  • SI

    This child apparently lost hearing in one ear after an illness consisting of fever, sore throat and inflamed tympanic membrane. How was a diagnosis of encephalitis made, and how was a direct causal link to an immunisation proven? Perhaps it’s not about the disability at all, but about the fact that the MMR ten days earlier did not cause the later febrile illness.

    Another commenter asks why not just let the child have measles and become immune. The whole idea, commenter, is to become immune without having to suffer the infection, which can cause encephalitis itself.

  • Guest

    Christina will never do what you suggest, she is friends with and supports “Dr” Wakefield. As for your facts about Wakefield wrote Scotdocbri – Wakefield did write this but the data doesn’t support it. Wakefield is a charlatan plain and simple.

  • Christina England

    Thank you all for your comments. Please allow me to clarify a few points:

    1.Katie Stephen was vaccinated with the MMR in 1991.

    2.I wrote that the symptoms Katie suffered, may have indicated that she was suffering from encephalitis, Please see http://www.emedicinehealth.com/encephalitis/page3_em.htm

    3. I am not and never have been friends with Dr Andrew Wakefield. I have only ever met him once. I do however support his work and always have done. I feel he that he has helped many autistic children and their families..

    4.I am quite able to do basic calculations.
    If the VDPU consider that total deafness quantifies 100% disability, then yes SSD would quantify as 50% disability. However, Katie also suffered from social isolation, bullying and missing out on childhood and teenage activities due to an injury she suffered from a dangerous previously banned vaccine which I feel that VDPU should have taken into consideration.

    5. I agree with Dr Scheibner that normal natural infectious diseases of childhood such as measles,
    rubella, whooping cough etc etc.(not meningitis, encephalitis,
    paralysis, which are vaccine-caused) are beneficial for children by
    priming and maturing the immune system and representing developmental

    Christina England

  • Mairead

    The neomycin ingredient in the MMR vaccine can cause deafness

  • Lanacolson

    In some of the research I have done, I found that Autism has risen 750% since they changed all of the vaccines.  There are over 37 vaccines now and after researching what is in the vaccines, I wouldn’t inject that garbage into a rat!

  • Christina England

    Absolutely Lanacolson! According to Dr Tim O’Shea’s wonderful book ‘Vaccination is not Immunization’ the USA now have 68 mandatory vaccinations from birth to 18yrs.