No hyperlink between sudden demise of teenager and MR vaccine, coroner finds

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o hyperlink has been established between the sudden demise of a Co Down teenager in 1994 and him receiving an MR vaccine 10 days earlier, a coroner has discovered.

As a substitute, coroner Suzanne Anderson recorded the demise of 15-year-old Christopher Coulter at his dwelling in Hillsborough as a case of sudden, unexplained demise in adolescence.

Ms Anderson was delivering her findings within the second inquest into the demise of the Belfast Cathedral choirboy.

A primary inquest in 1995 dominated that Christopher died from asphyxiation as a result of a extreme epileptic match.

However a second inquest was ordered by former Lawyer Common John Larkin in 2012 following a marketing campaign by the schoolboy’s mother and father who mentioned there was no historical past of epilepsy within the household and who believed that the mixed measles and rubella (MR) vaccine performed an element.

The MR vaccine has since been changed by the MMR vaccination.

Former Northern Eire Lawyer Common John Larkin ordered a recent inquest into the demise of Christopher Coulter (Paul Religion/PA) / PA Archive

Delivering her findings in Belfast, Ms Anderson mentioned earlier to his demise Christopher had been a wholesome schoolboy who had a present for singing.

She mentioned he acquired his MR vaccination at college on December 8 1994.

She informed the courtroom that days later he had reported feeling chilly.

On the morning of December 18, the coroner mentioned Christopher’s father Harry went to waken him in his bed room and located his son mendacity face down lifeless on the mattress.

Following the decision of the unique inquest in 1995, solicitors representing the Coulter household utilized to the Lawyer Common to direct a second inquest.

As a part of their case they supplied the Lawyer Common with a report from US-based paediatric neurologist Dr Marcel Kinsbourne, who had reviewed the case and claimed that, on the stability of chances, the vaccine did play a task within the demise.

Ms Anderson mentioned that Dr Kinsbourne had been as a result of give oral proof through the second inquest however he had not made himself accessible and had supplied no clarification for this.

She then outlined medical proof which 4 specialists had supplied to the inquest disputing Dr Kinsbourne’s claims.

Delivering her conclusions, Ms Anderson referred to a declare introduced by Christopher’s mother and father to a compensation tribunal in 2013 which dominated no causal hyperlink between the vaccination and the demise of {the teenager} had been established.

She mentioned: “For the reason that listening to of the primary inquest this situation has already been litigated and dominated upon by the Vaccine Compensation Tribunal.

“The tribunal dominated that the causal hyperlink between vaccination and demise had not been established.”

She added: “On this inquest two docs, Dr Kinsbourne and Professor (Richard) Powell, put ahead their separate speculation claiming that the vaccination was linked to the demise.”

She mentioned that she had discovered Professor Powell’s proof “weak and unconvincing” and dominated it out on the stability of chances.”

She mentioned this left Dr Kinsbourne’s opinion to be balanced towards 4 specialists who had appeared as witnesses.

I wish to categorical my very deep sympathies to Christopher’s mother and father and wider household. It’s onerous to think about a extra stunning and dreadful expertise

She mentioned: “These 4 specialists gave oral proof to the inquest and subjected themselves to questioning.

“This have to be contrasted with Dr Kinsbourne who didn’t make himself accessible for questioning.

“I concur with the bulk view of the specialists and discover that no causal hyperlink between the vaccination and Christopher’s very unhappy demise has been established.

“I shall file the reason for demise as sudden, unexplained demise in adolescence.

“Lastly, I wish to categorical my very deep sympathies to Christopher’s mother and father and wider household.

“It’s onerous to think about a extra stunning and dreadful expertise.

“I do know they are going to be disillusioned that the reason for demise stays unascertained.”


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