Panel rules MMR jab made girl deaf – but not enough for payout

By Mail On Sunday Reporter

PUBLISHED:17:09 EST, 18  August 2012| UPDATED:17:09 EST, 18 August 2012

A woman has won her fight to prove she was  left deaf by the MMR jab – only the second time it has been linked to  disability.

But a medical assessment panel ruled Katie  Stephen, 21, will not receive compensation because she is not considered  disabled enough.

Katie was given the measles, mumps and  rubella jab in 1991 when she was 15 months old.

But she developed a fever and irreparable  damage to the nerve between her brain and ear, and is deaf on her left side.

Officials at the Vaccine Damage Payment Unit  accepted the vaccine was the likely cause of her hearing problems.

But the body, run by the Department for Work  and Pensions, ruled out compensation as she was only ‘20 per cent disabled’.

Katie, of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire,  said: ‘If my disability can be cast aside so easily, why have I suffered so many  difficulties in my life as a consequence? This has put me in a  negative  place.’

An alleged link with the condition has since  been discredited.

The family is now involved in a new group  action being brought by Blacks Solicitors, pursuing their ex-lawyers for  professional negligence.

A spokesman for the DWP would not comment on  the case.

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