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Life of a child, and a family, changed permanently

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As they started their family, Mooresville residents Theresa and Lucas Black dutifully got their children immunized, never doubting their doctor's word that vaccines are safe and necessary. But their faith in those promises was shaken in 2001, when their 3-month-old daughter, Angelica, developed life-threatening seizures and brain damage just three days after getting several vaccinations. The child's Charlotte neurologist diagnosed her with vaccine-related encephalopathy, or brain injury. And in 2006, the little-known federal "vaccine court" agreed, awarding Angelica nearly $2 million plus about $250,000 a year for medical expenses for the rest of her life. Despite ...

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