Girl who died after cancer jab had tumour

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The death of a teenage girl who collapsed at school after receiving the cervical cancer jab was caused by a tumour in her chest and not a reaction to the vaccination, it was revealed yesterday.

Natalie Morton, 14, from Coventry had an undiagnosed malignant tumour in her heart and left lung that meant she could have died "at any point", an inquest into her death was told. Natalie collapsed at Coventry's Blue Coat Church of England School on Monday, less than two hours after receiving the jab.

The deputy coroner for Coventry, Louise Hunt, told Natalie's mother and stepfather, Elaine and Andrew Bullock, that the current indication was that the vaccine was not a contributing factor in her death.

Home Office pathologist Alexander Kolar gave the official preliminary cause of death as tumour of the chest, type to be diagnosed. Further tests are being carried out to discover the exact cause of death. The inquest was adjourned.

Health experts say the vaccine is safe, estimating that the chance of developing a life-threatening reaction to it is around one in a million.