Medical Examiner: HPV vaccine did not cause death of 12-year-old Waukesha girl

WAUKESHA (WITI) -- The Wauksha County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Wednesday, October 22nd that a HPV vaccine was not the cause of death for a 12-year-old Waukesha girl.  Meredith Prohaska died on July 30th, hours after a trip to the doctor.

According the medical examiner, Meredith Prohaska's death was caused by a toxic level of an ingredient commonly found in benadryl.

"There is no evidence that any vaccination caused or contributed to her death," the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Meredith Prohaska was an active, fun-loving 12-year-old girl one minute. A few hours later — she was unresponsive on the floor. In between that time, there was a trip to the doctor.

Rebecca Prohaska took her daughter to the doctor for a sore throat on July 30th. While they were there…

“She got her first HPV vaccine at around 10:30, 11 o’clock that morning,” Rebecca Prohaska said.

At some point, Rebecca Prohaska says she remembers getting a handout about possible side effects.

“Thirty minutes later she was trying to sleep. I kept waking her up,” Rebecca Prohaska said.

By 3:30 that afternoon, Rebecca Prohaska went out for a half-hour to get food.

“I came back and I found her on the floor,” Rebecca Prohaska said.

Rebecca Prohaska — a 14-year veteran EMT for the National Guard, performed CPR after calling 911.

Meredith Prohaska was pronounced dead at the hospital. No one could say why.

Rebecca Prohaska did not want to go on camera Wednesday, but is not agreeing with the report. She wants further investigation into Meredith's allergies and potential reactions.

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