Doctors call it a “medication administration error.” During a routine check-up at her pediatrician’s office, 4-month old Aniya was accidentally given the Gardasil 9 vaccine, and she hasn’t been the same since.
Anita Vasquez of Victoria, Texas, herself a nurse, says that “doctors are in denial” that any of the medical issues that began after her daughter received the shot are related to the vaccine.
Munchausen syndrome is a factitious disorder, a mental disorder in which a person repeatedly and deliberately acts as if he or she has a physical or mental illness when he or she is not really sick. Munchausen syndrome is considered a mental illness because it is associated with severe emotional difficulties.
Aniya was a happy and healthy breastfed baby before her 4-month doctor visit. Her only illness was an ear infection which had been cleared up with antibiotics shortly before that fateful day of December 29, 2016. Since then, she has suffered numerous health issues and several hospitalizations.
Rather than acknowledge the possibility that the Gardasil 9 vaccine contributed to the decline in Aniya’s health, doctors and Child Protective Services have reportedly blamed the mother. Her desperate search for answers has led instead to her being accused of Munchausen by Proxy, or “medical child abuse,” and her baby has been seized by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).
Anita told Health Impact News that her concerns about the vaccine have been dismissed and ignored by virtually everyone involved in her daughter’s care. DFPS refers to her “unfounded concerns” about the Gardasil 9 vaccine. She believes that they are trying to cover up the dangers of the vaccine.
This is any mother’s worst nightmare, and no one deserves this.
Distracted Doctor Administers Wrong Vaccine – Infant Received 8 Vaccines at Same Visit
The Vasquez family nightmare began when Anita took her 13-year-old son and her 4-month-old baby girl to a routine check-up.
Anita is a registered nurse by trade, and she didn’t question the recommended vaccinations. Her son was to receive the Gardasil 9 vaccine, and her daughter was to receive 2 shots and an oral vaccine. The nurse drew up and labeled the vaccines and placed the syringes in a single envelope.
Anita says that Dr. Veronica Guel-Valdivia came into the room talking on her cell phone. When the doctor finished her phone conversation, she asked Anita to put baby Aniya on the table.
Everything after that point happened very quickly, but the lives of the Vasquez family were forever changed in those moments. Anita says that while the doctor chatted with the children, she pulled out the syringes and “boom,” gave all three shots to the baby. She says that: she didn’t look at a single label!
Protocol for administering any medication calls for the administrator of the drug to double check the labels before giving a drug or shot. Had that been done, the doctor surely would have noticed that only 2 of the 3 syringes had Aniya’s name on them.
One of the syringes contained Pediarix, a combination of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, and polio vaccines. Another contained the pneumococcal vaccine. Aniya also received an oral dose of the rotavirus vaccine. Thus, Aniya received a total of 8 vaccines at once.
At first, Anita didn’t realize what had happened. The doctor prepared to leave the room, so Anita asked about her son’s shot. She told Dr. Guel-Valdivia that her son was due for his Gardasil vaccine.
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The doctor reportedly told Ms. Vasquez that he wasn’t, then told her she would check the chart. Anita was told to wait.
About 20 minutes later, the doctor reportedly came back into the room and said:
There’s been a medication administration error.
Aniya had been given the Gardasil 9 vaccine that was intended for her brother. The vaccine is not intended for babies and has never been studied in babies. It is not usually given until age 11 or 12.
Though Anita was shocked, horrified, and began crying hysterically, she said the doctor was quick to assure her that it was fine. She apologized for the error, explaining that they generally administer 3 shots at that age, so she assumed all of the shots were for the baby. However, the office was out of the Hib vaccine at the time, so that shot was not in the envelope.
Anita said this could have been prevented had the doctor simply followed the standard protocol:
She never looked at one label.
The mother learned that Dr. Guel-Valdivia had already phoned Merck, the vaccine manufacturer, and the poison control center.
Despite her attempts to reassure the mother that it was safe for the baby to have received the Gardasil 9 shot, she told Anita to monitor the baby. She was instructed to take the baby to the emergency room if there were any problems, and the doctor gave Anita her personal cell phone number to call if she needed to.
The medical report notes that, at the visit, there were “no concerns” for Aniya. She was “alert, active, and well-nourished.” The doctor instructed her to bring baby Aniya back the next day, presumably to check for any side-effects from the vaccine.
Anita said she never went back, and she immediately began looking for a new pediatrician.
Investigation, but Doctor Still Practicing
Anita reported Dr. Guel-Valdivia to the Texas Medical Board, which responded with a letter dated March 1, advising that they were initiating an investigation into the doctor’s actions.
However, ABC 25 reports that they found that Dr. Guel-Valdivia is still working at the American Regional Health Center as of June 23:
But according to the Texas Medical Examiners website, there is no investigation, no disciplinary action and her license remains active.
Doctors Refuse to Associate Symptoms with Vaccine
The consequences from the Gardasil 9 vaccine began almost immediately. The shots had been given late in the afternoon on a Thursday. By Friday evening, Aniya began running a low-grade fever, so her mother treated it in typical fashion – she gave Tylenol.
She was unaware of studies that show that Tylenol actually increases the risk of harm when given with vaccines. Typical medical recommendations are to give Tylenol with shots.
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By the next morning, New Year’s Eve, little Aniya was pale, weak, lethargic, and running a fever of 102 to 103 degrees. Anita took her to DeTar North Hospital Emergency Room. She explained to the staff her concerns about her baby having an overdose of vaccines.
The baby’s fever was charted, but Anita says that they did not chart the other symptoms. They sent her home, advising her to bring Aniya back in a couple days if she were not better.
She wasn’t better. Anita took her back to the E.R. on Monday, January 2, where she saw a Nurse-Practitioner. The NP told her not to worry, and to give her Tylenol:
She has a fever and just doesn’t feel good.
No labs were run, and they went home. The fever went away in a few days. But other symptoms increased.
Over the next month and a half, Aniya was seen by a new pediatrician, a substituting pediatrician, an E.R. doctor, and a neurologist. Each time Anita hoped that maybe, this time, she would be listened to. She always brought up the Gardasil 9 vaccine.
Aniya was still breastfeeding, but her suckling was growing weaker, and she developed an aversion to the bottle, accepting only very infrequently. Her appetite became poor, and she had periods of not wanting to eat altogether.
She was weak in her lower legs. Anita described her legs as being like “spaghetti noodles.”
By mid-February, Aniya had begun smacking her lips and had staring spells – symptoms that Anita later learned indicated that her baby was having seizures, but she didn’t realize it at the time.
Anita says that each time she was ignored, and her concerns were not documented. Each doctor said that everything was fine and sent them home.
One charted “No concerns.”
Another told her that society looks at Gardasil as if it is not safe, but it’s perfectly safe and the baby is fine.
Another noted the decreased muscle tone, but told Anita that she didn’t think the Gardasil 9 vaccine could have done that. She told the mother that it was a “coincidence.”
By this point, Anita was questioning herself:
Everyone’s telling me she’s normal, but I don’t see it. I started thinking, “Maybe they were right.”
Baby Becomes Critically Ill
Finally, one doctor ordered blood work. When the results came back, Aniya’s sodium levels were “critically low” at 119. The normal range is 135 – 145.
Aniya was admitted to the hospital on February 17 – 24. They got her sodium levels up and an NG feeding tube was inserted. The pediatrician later ordered that it be removed because he said she didn’t need it.
Feeding Problems Increase
Everywhere, Anita Vasquez searched for answers, but no one had any.
The baby’s weight began fluctuating. Aniya would gain a little weight then lose it, never moving forward. Anita describes her daughter as having “sporadic non-nutritious breastfeeding and an oral aversion to the bottle.”
Alternately, depending on who she talked to, Anita was advised to exclusively breastfeed, spoon feed, force the bottle, syringe feed, use a slow-flow bottle nipple, or use a lactation aid. Someone told her that the baby was getting too much foremilk of the breastmilk, which is mostly water, rather than the hindmilk, which has the fat and calories.
One doctor charted that he didn’t believe that the baby had an oral aversion to the bottle, but others saw it.
She tried donor milk and formula – whatever was recommended to help her baby gain weight. She drew the line when one doctor told her to add vegetable oil to the baby’s milk.
There were none of these problems with her two sons.
Mother Blamed and Baby Medically Kidnapped
On April 12, Anita took her baby in, per doctor’s orders, to have labs drawn. She did not hear from the lab or doctors about any concerns about the lab values.
That weekend was Easter weekend, and it was the first time that baby Aniya began to crawl.
The following Friday, on April 21, Anita got a phone call. The labs that were drawn a full 9 days before showed that Aniya’s sodium levels were again at a critical level, but no one notified her.
She took her baby again to the hospital, and found that the sodium level had decreased to 115. She was “gravely ill.”
Right away, doctors demanded to know why her sodium levels were so low. Anita had no idea. She reminded them that she has been asking for answers all along. There seemed to be somewhat of an accusatory tone.
Aniya was transferred to the ICU, where the doctor noticed that, according to the charts, the mother no longer wanted any vaccines.
Anita explained that all of her daughter’s symptoms began after she was accidentally given the Gardasil 9 vaccine and that she believed that it was too much for her system. She didn’t want to give any more vaccines until she knew what was wrong with her baby and could be assured that they would not harm her.
Instead of looking for what could be wrong with the sick baby in front of him, the doctor reportedly berated Anita for her position, saying:
That’s crazy! This child needs to be vaccinated!
He reportedly told her that the Gardasil vaccine would be out of her system by then, begging the question, why give it at all if it would be out of a person’s system in less than 4 months?
Anita never got to take her baby home from the hospital.
Social workers questioned her, and she says that she was very open and honest with them. She had nothing to hide, and says she had no idea that they would twist her words and use them against her.
They reportedly told her that the doctor was recommending a 2 week separation between mother and baby. She could do it voluntarily or involuntarily.
On the evening of May 2, Child Protective Services came into the hospital and seized custody of baby Aniya. They accused her of Munchausen by Proxy, or medical child abuse, because of her multiple doctor and hospital visits.
She is accused of giving her baby water or diluting formula with water, as an explanation for the low sodium levels. Anita insists that she has never given her baby water, and she used formula as little as possible, preferring breastmilk, pumped milk, and donor milk.
She strongly believes that all of this is related to Aniya being given the Gardasil 9 vaccine, and that doctors are trying to cover up the vaccine injury.
This theory may well be more than conjecture. According to research from our UK journalist Christina England, there is evidence that doctors and vaccine manufacturers have colluded together to cover up vaccine injury by accusing the parents of Munchausen by Proxy.
Anita Vasquez learned on the day that her baby was taken that the labs from that day show that she had “ridiculously high” aldosterone levels. It was 699, when the normal range is 2 – 70.
According to Lab Tests Online:
Primary aldosteronism (Conn syndrome) is caused by the overproduction of aldosterone by the adrenal glands, usually by a benign tumor of one of the glands. The high aldosterone level increases reabsorption of sodium (salt) and loss of potassium by the kidneys, often resulting in an electrolyte imbalance.
No one had mentioned Aniya’s levels that day, and no one has given her an explanation of why it was so high. To her knowledge, that was the first time the aldosterone levels were checked. She doesn’t think that it has been rechecked lately. All this raises many questions in Anita’s mind. She wants to know:
What are they hiding?
After Aniya was placed into DFPS custody, Anita says she was alone in the hospital for two solid weeks. No one was allowed to visit her.
Anita is now permitted one hour per week visitation with her baby.
She notes that there are numerous discrepancies in Aniya’s medical records, as well as incomplete medical records.
The next court hearing is not scheduled until November. She is in need of a good attorney to help her fight for her baby.
Anita was in tears when she told Health Impact News:
They take her away from her mother, and they are ignoring her health!
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How You Can Help
There is a Facebook page set up to follow Aniya’s story called Justice Aniya.
Greg Abbott is the Governor of Texas. He may be reached at (512) 463-2000 or by contacting him here.
Representative Geanie W. Morrison represents the Vasquez family’s district. She may be reached at (512) 463-0456 or contacted here.
Lois Kolkhort is the Senator for their district. She may be reached at (512) 463-0118 or contacted here.