Welcome to my World
In April, 2011, my husband – the award-winning BBC foreign correspondent, Malcolm Brabant – went for a routine yellow fever vaccination in order to undertake an assignment in Africa.
Within hours, he started to feel extremely unwell and was admitted to hospital where we lived in Athens. The next few months were a nightmare: even after the initial fever had abated, Malcolm’s mental state began to deteriorate. He was unable to work and so eventually I decided that we had to move back to my native Denmark where he could receive proper psychiatric care.
My name is Trine Villemann and, like my husband Malcolm, I’m a journalist. I’m also a woman on a mission – a mission to get justice for my husband.
The manufacturers of the vaccine, Sanofi Pasteur, have thrown up a wall of silence and have resorted to fairly transparent delaying tactics. It’s time that the world knew that their vaccines are not safe – I believe that Malcolm is not the only person to experience an extreme reaction following a yellow fever shot.
We’re now campaigning to persuade them to do the right thing. Please check back regularly for campaign updates and ideas on how you can help us. If you haven’t done so already, please sign our online petition, like the campaign on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
As the months go by, I will share with readers of this blog my thoughts, frustrations, hopes and fears.