South Texas Veterinary Associates, Inc. (DBA Santa Fe Animal Hospital of Corpus Christi, Texas)http://www.santafeanimalhospitalcc.com/ vs. Jena Gonzalez
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Kevin Grillo, Corpus Christi attorney, filed Appellee's Motion for Rehearing in
the Texas 13th Court of Appeals last Friday. There was only one sentence
that caught my eye. Kevin Grillo states on page 10, "Although the Court notes that
Appellant is pro se, she was represented by counsel, and it is obvious that an
attorney has prepared the documents she filed with the Court". I don't
know whether to be flattered or offended! Mr. Grillo, I can assure you
that every document filed with the Court is my own work with a little help from
Mr. Google. Never ever underestimate a pro se plaintiff!
I haven't posted in a year. 2013 was not a good year for my family; we had several personal tragedies that needed my time and attention. As you recall my Kitty Kat died on February 14, 2011, due to Vaccine Associated Sarcoma which was a result from unnecessary vaccines. I filed a veterinary negligence lawsuit against Santa Fe Animal Hospital (dba South Texas Veterinarian Associates, Inc.) in Corpus Christi, Texas. The veterinarians named in my lawsuit are Darrell L. Ferris, DVM and David G. Shaffer, DVM. My case eventually landed in the Texas 13th Court of Appeals and a decision was rendered in my favor. The attorneys that I have been up against since 2010 are Robert C. Hilliard and Rudy Gonzales, Jr attorneys for Hilliard Munoz Gonzales lawfirm http://www.hmglawfirm.com/attorneys/, Valerie L. Cantu and Michael M. Gavito attorneys for Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P http://www.gplawfirm.com/attorney formerly with O'Connell & Avery LLP http://www.oconnellbenjamin.com/ and finally Kevin W. Grillo attorney for Pena & Grillo PLLC http://www.penagrillolaw.com/kevin-w-grillo/. Did you count them??? Five attorneys and three different law firms fighting against a lone pro se plaintiff. I feel very accomplished! Of course it ain't over till the fat lady sings....Kevin Grillo will be filing an appeal for a rehearing in the Texas 13th Court of Appeals on 1.3.14. If the rehearing is denied then it will be remanded back to Judge Brent Chesney's court for a jury trial. UGH! If Chesney's decision wasn't right the first time do I really want to go back to his court? Decisions! Decisions!
This brief was filed by the Appellee on January 10, 2013. I have twenty days to prepare and file a reply brief which will be due on January 31, 2013. Unfortunately I will have to file a request for an extension due to the untimely and tragic passing of my mother in law on January 9, 2013. She was killed instantly while crossing the street to attend Bingo as she had been for the past thirty years. It has been one of the hardest life events I have experienced. I actually haven't even read the brief below in its entirety but hope to start on it soon.
Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)
Below is the paper written by Gary Norsworthy, DVM, regarding Vaccine Associated Sarcoma in which his paper refers to as "Injection Site Sarcoma". I obtained his paper from the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Freedom of Information request. Norsworthy presented this information to the Board on October 30, 2012. This is also information that he presents at various veterinary conferences across the United States, some of which are sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. Boehringer Ingelheim is the manufacturer of feline vaccines which have been known to cause Vaccine Associated Sarcoma in some cats.
Melissa's cat, Neige, is a VAS amputee.
Melissa Cline is the proud owner of Neige. She lost her leg to vaccine-associated sarcoma in 2009. Her VAS was believed to be the result of a rabies vaccine she received the year before, when she'd accidentally received a three-year rabies vaccine two years in a row. She is still alive, but her left leg and upwards of $10K in vet bills is a high price to pay for a vaccine that she didn't need.
Melissa Cline, Project Scientist in Cancer Genomics, Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, University of California at Santa Cruz, has reviewed Norsworthy's paper and has provided the following rebuttal....
First, let me summarize Dr. Norsworthy's paper, which amounts to a
literature review augmented by his own data. First, he says that the
connection between VAS and inflammation is a hypothesis, not a fact.
This doesn't surprise me, for two reasons. First, in the life sciences, nothing is called a fact unless it meets a pretty lofty standard of evidence. Second, the only parties who'd have the resources to do this sort of work are the vaccine makers, and they're
not going to publish work stating that their products lead to cancer.
Dr. Norsworthy also states that lumping all adjuvanted vaccines together is misleading, because there are many different compounds that have been used as adjuvants (he lists 35), and one cannot tell what adjuvants are used in any given vaccine because that's proprietary information. That's a reasonable and interesting point.
Then he cites work that suggests that there is a genetic component to VAS. I don't think anyone would disagree with that.
Next he cites some work stating that the rate of VAS has decreased dramatically since the mid-1990s. He bases this on mid-1990s estimates from Dr. Macy 22,000 cats in the US would develop VAS, contrasted against a 2002 study (Gobar et al), that estimated the rate of VAS to be 0.63 per 10,000 vaccinated cats. I have a couple issues with this Gobar study. First, it was based on results of veterinarians reporting the rate of VAS they saw in a web form. There are many psychological reasons why veterinarians wouldn't report their VAS cases, even if they could do so anonymously. Second, it turns out that the results came from just 40 veterinarians. There were 160 veterinarians who started in the study but dropped out along the way. That to me is another red flag. In summary, Dr. Norsworthy points to a difference between Dr. Macy's estimate of 22,000 cats likely to get VAS in the mid-1990s, and an estimated 2,000 that get VAS based on estimates from the Golub study, and uses those numbers to suggest that VAS is now a rare disease, probably due to changes in the vaccines.
Finally, Dr. Norsworthy goes on to report the results from his own practice. If I read his data correctly, in the past 11 years he's had one case of VAS out of a grand total of 61,352 vaccinations administered. If that's true, it's great, but it's also heresay.
In summary, he says that VAS is now a rare disease, caused by a rare genetic predisposition in a few cats, that it makes little difference whether or not the vaccine was adjuvanted, and that we should stop panicking so much about it.
That brings us to the Wilcock 2012 paper, which comes from a PEER REVIEWED journal, the Canadian Veterinary Journal. They report VAS rates studied over the past 19 years, as reported by one pathologist, who assesses biopsies from 800 clinics across Canada. They see no change in the rate of VAS over the past 19 years, despite changes in the vaccine technology. They have specific criticisms about the Golub study, the one Dr. Norsworthy uses to claim that VAS has become a rare disease. If What Dr. Norsworthy says is true, then it leaves a big question about why these authors didn't see a decrease in the rate of VAS, in their (much more respectable and weighty) article.
So, the recent, peer-reviewed article directly contradicts Dr. Norsworthy's review.
Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (IMT) is a very serious autoimmune disease in which a dog's body attacks its own blood platelets as though they are a pathogenic bacteria or virus. Thrombocytopenia is the technical word for low platelet count.
Platelets are components of blood produced in bone marrow. They are critical to blood clotting during what is called primary hemostasis -- the clotting that takes place immediately after an event that damages a blood vessel.
When the body's platelet count is depleted, severe bruising or uncontrolled bleeding can occur. Excessive bleeding and bruising can lead to anemia (a low red blood cell count), and if left untreated, death can result.
Read entire article here: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/12/19/immune-mediated-thrombocytopenia.aspx?e_cid=20121219_PetsNL_art_1
I filed my appeal in the Texas 13th Court of Appeals. The veterinary practice I am in litigation with, Santa Fe Animal Hospital of Corpus Christi, Texas, and veterinarians Darrell Ferris, DVM and David Shaffer, DVM have retained the law firm of Pena & Grillo, PLLC to represent them in the appeal. My appellate brief was due on November 8, 2012, and the appellee's (veterinarian's) brief was due on December 8, 2012. The new law firm filed and was granted an extension. Their brief is now due on January 8, 2013.
Hi my name is Roxanne and my humom Christie adopted me from Town Lake Animal Shelter in Austin, Texas about five months ago. Mommy went to all the shelters before picking me, she knew I was SPECIAL! She just didn't know that I was going to be a SPECIAL needs girl. I was free because I had already been at the shelter for over thirty days. I think no one wanted me because I LOOK like a Pit Bull but my Mommy insist that I am a Boxer/Bulldog Mix. That's ok, I can let her think that because alot of people don't like Pit Bulls. I love people and want them to love me back. I love my Mommy so much! I didn't have any of these symptoms when Mommy adopted me. They started about a week. Mommy doesn't know why, maybe because I was on antibiotics from my spay surgery and kennel cough. She has tried to help me by fixing me delicious species appropriate raw meat and bones (yum), fruits and vegetables, yogurt, and filtered water to drink. She tries to get me to relax in oatmeal and/or apple cider baths but I don't care for them very much even though it does make my itchies feel a little better. When my Mommy first got me I went to several different veterinarians who prescribed steroids and antibiotics. It made me feel terrific but only temporarely, my symptoms always returned worse that before. For the last six weeks my Dr. has been Will Falconer, you can read about him here: http://vitalanimal.com/about-dr-falconer/. He is a great Holistic Veterinarian but it's costing my Mommy a little more than she has budgeted for. No one knows for sure what is wrong with me but I have heard some very scary conversations about allergies, vaccinosis, and over-breading possibly being some causes. I mean jeez, no telling what all I went through before I found my furever home, did you notice my saggy teets and that horrible spay tattoo on my belly??? My Mom is working very hard to help me; feeding me special meals, keeping a daily journal of all my symptoms, consulting with different doctors, etc. She will never give up on me but we need some extra support. My Mom is only 24 years old and trying to establish a good financial foundation for herself. Thank goodness she is responsible and has good credit to charge all my doctor bills. But I am starting to worry about her and the debt she is incurring. Someone else probably would have just taken be back to the shelter, but not my Mom, she said she loves me and is keeping me! So that's why I am telling my story and started a Chip In page http://helproxanne.chipin.com/my-sick-rescued-dog-roxanne to try and help my Mom out. I am not asking for alot, just a few dollars if you can spare it. If you don't have any money I understand but maybe you could just repost and share my story. If I can help any of my fur friends by telling their story here, let me know.
I received this in my email and wanted to challenge every pet lover to send this letter......
A number of our supporters have done far more than print off and send a letter out to their own vets. They’ve obtained the addresses of 30, 40 and 50 practices in their county/state, and sent them all the Pet Welfare Alliance letter to vets. How marvelous are they! They’re extremely marvelous! They’re part of the team, making a difference for animals around the world.
UK Pet Lovers are Winning the Race … but you could change this for YOUR country
I guess it’s only natural, since Rob and I are coordinating the Pet Welfare Alliance from the UK, that animal lovers in other countries might be slower than UK animal lovers to rise to the challenge.
But, hey, they’re over-vaccinating pets in America, Canada, Germany, France, Holland, China, India, Africa …. Over-vaccination is a problem all over the world, and pets are suffering adverse reactions to vaccines all over the world.
I am an optimist, and I dream big. Sure, the odds are against us. People have been protesting vaccine adverse effects since vaccines were first invented. Did you know, for example, that scientists and laypeople began to notice, when vaccines first came on the scene, that people were getting syphilis and leprosy from their vaccines in epidemic numbers?
Today, in the human field, there are thousands of parents whose children have been vaccine-damaged – especially brain damaged – who are trying to share the truth about vaccine adverse effects. As a result of their good work, I heard recently that only 25% of pregnant women will submit to flu vaccines. The news IS finally getting out there.
My belief is that if those of us who know the truth work together, then we will end unnecessary and harmful vaccine practices in our lifetime. But we won’t if people who know don’t act on what they know.
We need you to act.
If you send our letter to your vet they get to hear about the in-house titer testing option, which will help to mitigate booster income loss. In the UK and USA, vets will even get a discount if they quote the PWA reference.
Consumer pressure is powerful. If we vote with our feet and our pockets, and walk away from vets who do harm … they absolutely have to listen. If we TELL them we know the science … that veterinary clients have had enough … then we will force change through that much faster.
PLEASE … (after checking your vet is not already on the vet list) go to this link on the PWA website - http://www.petwelfarealliance.org/send-a-vet-letter.html - and fill in the address details of at least one practice in your area. Then print the letter off and put it in the post.