LONDON - A British coroner says a teenage girl who died after receiving a vaccine against cervical cancer was probably killed by a tumor.
Natalie Morton, 14, collapsed Monday about two hours after being given Cervarix, a vaccine that protects against two viruses that can cause cervical cancer.
“It appears that Natalie died from a tumor in her chest involving her heart and her lungs,’’ deputy coroner Louise Hunt said yesterday at an inquest into the teenager’s death.
The girl’s mother and stepfather say that she was “kind, fun-loving and had a beautiful smile. We will miss her very much.’’
Britain’s National Health Service began offering the Cervarix vaccine to teenage girls last year. More than 1.4 million doses of the vaccine have been given out so far.