Healthy 12-year-old girl mysteriously dies after seeing a doctor for a sore throat

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WAUKESHA, WI (WITI) — A healthy 12-year girl is dead and her parents are looking for answers.

Meredith Prohaska’s mother took her to the doctor to be treated for a sore throat.  While they were seeing the physician she got a HPV vaccine.  A half hour later she fell asleep and her mother went out to get some food.  When she got back she found Meredith on the floor.

Meredith was rushed to the hospital by an ambulance.  She was pronounced dead at the hospital. No one could say why.

Her parents say that the only thing different that day was getting the vaccine.  According to WITI-TV her mother, Rebecca Prohaska remembers a rare potential side effect of the HPV vaccine — an allergic reaction. Meredith’s autopsy report rules her cause of death as inconclusive.

Her family is waiting on the results of more tests.  They’re still searching for answers.

The Prohaskas have donated Meredith’s organs and tissue so others can live a healthier life.  Meredith will be buried on Saturday.

Read more from WITI-TV.


  • Patty S. Fletcher

    I just refused this vaccine for my 11 yr old girl two days ago. The county nurse was very persistent that she NEEDED it. She said they give it to boys now too. And soon it will be required and given in the Toddler series of govt mandated shots. And now ALL shot records are recorded in a Federal Govt website. Knowing all these things now, really has me concerned, they keep mandating or taking away our rights as American people and parents, one at a time.New World Order on the way, even if it kill our children.

    • Mark Haney

      Have you heard of ANYONE actually confirmed dying from the vaccine? Or are you jumping the gun like a lot of people? Yes, that is a variable that needs to be taken into account, but it’s not the ONLY possibility. Just sad to see all the fear-mongering over what amounts to incomplete data. However, if you don’t want your kids to get the vaccine, and they catch something and die, it means better opportunities for my kids. It’s called Darwinism.

    • Dorito Reiss

      Check your state laws. There are exemptions for vaccines. They are not required for school. Know your rights and use them.

  • Tina

    Prays to the family’s , I believe they should monitor kids when giving vaccines at least an hour afterwards , for reasons like this , I’m so sorry for your loss !

  • charlene

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May the LORD GOD comfort you and your family and five you the understanding and the strength to endure such a tragic loss….GOD bless you!

  • David

    Vaccine’s are a victim of their own success. Whenever was the last time you heard about a polo or small pox scare in the states? We need to be honest about the risks, but they are minor when compared to the damage an outbreak can cause. When the next Spanish flu comes then people will vaccinate with out question. I don’t mean to trivialize this family’s loss but healthcare providers need to be more transparent about risk vs reward.

    • Allie

      Thank you for making an intelligent comment. These other people have been fed lies about vaccines from unreliable sources. Skepticism on the internet is a must, especially when it affects Everyone’s health.

  • Jed Moreland

    The only thing difference was the vaccine? — and going to the doctor because she was already sick. Idiots pretending to be doctors here.

    • Dorito Reiss

      The idiot was the doctor who vaccinated an already sick child. You don’t purposely agitate an immune system that is already being challenged.

  • Filena

    Actually, the families assertion that the “only” different was her getting a HPV shot is not correct, according to the article. The article states that she had a sore throat which prompted the visit to the doctor in the first place. So she had a sore throat and later received the HPV shot. People are so quick to jump to conclusions but some of you are dumb as rocks and can’t even read and comprehend the words in the article. God help the human race!

  • James Garber

    This poor little angel had An illness that causes breathing problems which a lot of us have right now . The stupid doctor or nurse practitioner insisted on giving her a vaccination that has a side effect of breathing problems . You should make a big deal about it and sue the hell out of them even though I know it will not fix your heart it may save others. So sorry

  • James Garber

    I’m telling you people this vaccination should not have been given to anybody that was sick let alone somebody with a sickness that causes the same problems as the side effects. Not get vaccinations to people that are sick that is cool rule I know you want to get a little more money out of them but follow the rules

    • Tracy

      One would think that any reputable doctor would not give a sick child a vaccine, no matter what it is. My daughter was at the office for an illness and was due for the flu shot. We had to wait until she was healthy. Any parent should know not to give their child a vaccine when they are sick also. I agree with you 100%.

      • Dorito Reiss

        And yet too many doctors are too stupid to follow this. This child’s death is the 2nd one I’ve heard about in the past week where the child was sick, got a vaccine, and died HOURS later.

  • Paula Boyer Echternkamp

    How many states require vaccinations or they get sent home till they have them Illinois is one

    • Tanya

      We live in Illinois and did opt out last year. Has to write an essay saying it violated my religious beliefs. You can find templates with general idea you need to include online. Child never missed school.

  • Sere

    The HPV vaccine is NOT a mandated vaccine. Also, by federal law, a vaccine information statement has to be given to the parent before receiving any vaccines to inform them of risks, contraindications, etc. so that the parent can make an informed decision to receive the vaccine. The shot couldn’t and wouldn’t have been given unless the parent gave consent, so if the mother chose to have her daughter given the vaccine under informed consent, she can’t say the medical practice shoved it down her throat. Of course most physicians try to give vaccines. I assure you there’s no profit from these vaccines being given. The vaccine itself is very expensive, and the insurance companies are aware of the cost. They are not going to reimburse the physician any more than the cost of the actual vaccine… and any child 18 or younger with medicare, medicaid, no insurance or under-insured is getting the vaccine through the Vaccines for Children Program, which is federally funded. I’m sure it was honestly believed by the physician, and the parent, that this would be a good choice for the child. The majority of people who run their mouths about vaccines have had several in their own lifetime, and are just fine. As for the Tdap (which has always been “required” under the name TD as just Tetanus Diphtheria), you can opt out of that one as well, however; by the time your child reaches the age of being able to get the Tdap- he or she has likely already had FIVE Dtap’s, which is essentially the same, it’s a Tetanus shot with a Pertussis booster. The only difference is the amount of antigens vary for the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (Dtap) and Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap). The same vaccine given at 2,4,6 months- 1 year, and 4-5 years. Make informed decisions, quit assuming everyone can force you into everything, and you do not have to decide on a vaccine right away. You can ask your physician to order it on the record, and you can call back if you choose/choose not to get it for your child.

    • Dorito Reiss

      Define “several” because if I vaccinated my kids today they would’ve received as many vaccines by 4 months as I have had in my entire life. Oh, and I was not “just fine” either. I reacted to the DPT and have had issues ever since. Vaccines are not one size fits all. Not everyone can tolerate them or detox them from their systems. Unfortunately the only way to find that out is by causing harm to the child by vaccinating.

  • Frederick Prohaska

    The Parents Both Veterans, and the father currently in the Guard. Trusted medical Professionals.
    Yes it is troubling that they vaccinated a girl who was mildly sick. even a veterinarian knows not to do this.
    Whats more troubling are the mouthy half wits speculating while this Girls family is at the height of their grief.
    some clown named Dave pontificating his position on vaccines in general and about diseases that have nothing what so ever to do with this. This vaccine has lots of detractors and now it has some more.

  • Louan Wigton

    Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL, including those severely allergic to yeast, should not receive the vaccine. GARDASIL is not for women who are pregnant.

    The side effects include pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and fainting. Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your child’s health care professional may ask to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after they get GARDASIL. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff. This may require evaluation or treatment by your child’s health care professional.

    Only a doctor or health care professional can decide if GARDASIL is right for your child.

    You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.

  • Maureen

    NO ONE should allow their children to be vaccinated if their child is SICK! HELLO! If you’re child is sick or has fever or anything you should always tell the Dr NO! There are severe side effects of the vaccines out there and this is magnified big time if your child is sick when getting them. This is a sad sad story. My heart breaks for the family. RIP sweet girl

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