On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Catie Clobes of Howard Lake, Minnesota brought her normal, healthy 6-month-old baby girl Evee Gayle Clobes to her well-baby checkup, whereupon the pediatrician declared her to be in “perfect health” with no problems or concerns. After Evee was examined by her pediatrician, the nurse administered the standard 6-month doses of Pertussis, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Polio, and Pneumococcal vaccines via Prevnar and Pediarix injections. On the evening of Thursday February 28th, Evee was unusually sleepy when Ms. Clobes put her to bed on her back, and checked her at approximately 11:00 p.m. On Friday March 1st at 7:00 a.m., Ms. Clobes discovered her daughter on her back, lifeless and not breathing, and called 911. Evee was rushed to Buffalo Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.
The Anoka County Medical Examiner assured Ms. Clobes on the day of her daughter’s death that “every test” would be performed, and confirmed that the vaccines administered approximately 36 hours prior to her death would definitely be investigated as a possible cause. The medical officer told her that infant deaths were taken very seriously, and she trusted that.
When Ms. Clobes followed up with the Medical Examiner’s Office in subsequent weeks to confirm that necessary tests were being performed to definitively confirm or rule out vaccine injury, including tests to measure critical proteins, enzymes, serum levels of adjuvants, and markers for inflammation, she was told that “it’s not medically necessary, there is no medical reasoning, and it’s not medically approved.” She was informed that vaccines are not a “medically accepted” cause of death and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, defined as the unexplained death of an otherwise healthy infant) would appear on Evee’s autopsy report as the determined cause of death.
Evee’s family found this determination unacceptable in absence of complete data. With the help of friends in their surrounding community a fundraiser was launched, which raised the money needed to commission a private neuropathological study at an accredited independent lab. Initial results have shown the presence of a severe immune activation in the brain in the absence of any infection – but not all the samples requested were sent. The family has experienced hostility, threats and violations of their rights from the County and now need legal representation beyond vaccine court to pursue the full study. Evee’s family is actively working through their grief to understand the cause of Evee’s death and learn why the County Medical Examiner’s Office refuses to carry out its duty in this investigation. They have one request of their fellow citizens: Remember Evee and ensure that she and so many other victims of SIDS are treated with care and dignity by their doctors, the CDC, and the Medical Examiner’s Office.
No family should discover in their grief following the death of a loved one that the Medical Examiner’s Office refuses to investigate all possible causes of their loved one’s death, and be left to bear the burden of privately commissioning an adequate and thorough medical examination. When a patient dies after receiving any medical procedure, prescription or over-the-counter drug, or if there is any indication of recreational drug use or accidental injury, comprehensive tests are performed to confirm or rule out any and all of these potential causes of death. Vaccination is the only frequently indicated potential cause of death for which comprehensive tests are not performed to confirm or rule it out.
There has been an average of 25 SIDS deaths per year in Minnesota over the past decade, and 1,777 SIDS deaths per year nationally.* Despite years of research and countless thousands of private and public dollars committed to investigating the cause these deaths, little progress has been made in understanding them. Willful refusal to run necessary standard tests which could provide valuable scientific data and bring closure and solace to grieving families is unconscionable and inexplicable.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) is a taxpayer-funded federal program established in 1986 to compensate victims of vaccine injuries and their families, which allows a maximum compensation amount of $250,000 for deaths caused by vaccination. The NVICP and the Institute of Medicine, as well as thousands of privately conducted peer-reviewed scientific studies confirm that vaccine injuries can and do cause injuries and deaths in some people. Failure to adequately conduct standard tests which measure scientifically established markers of vaccine injury denies families access to the compensation, closure, and information they deserve.
*Statistics extracted from the CDC Wonder database 2008-2017; data includes SIDS deaths only and does not consider other SUID cases.
If you wish to support the Clobes Family in their journey for #JusticeForEvee, we are accepting donations on their behalf to fund legal fees as well as public education & support campaigns. We accept Paypal or checks addressed to:
Catie Clobes c/o Health Choice MN
6533 Flying Cloud Drive, Suite 1200
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
We are a 501c3 nonprofit and donations are tax deductible.
T-shirts are available here from an independent fundraiser: https://justiceforevee.itemorder.com/sale
THE STORY BEHIND THE PINS
“There was this sleeper Evee was wearing when she passed. It was a favorite, nice and easy to put on. They ripped it down the middle when they brought her in the ambulance, of course. In the hospital, the nurse came to me with this sleeper and asked me if I wanted to keep it and I snapped and said “No! Throw it away, I never want to see it again!”. I really regret that.
Then a sweet stranger read our story and sent a gift in the mail with a note saying it was for the moments my heart longs to snuggle her. I bawled, uncontrollably, in my car at the post office. It was an exact replica of the sleeper I wish I would have kept. That sleeper haunts my thoughts everyday. Singing to my daughter and looking at her, thinking she was so “cozy”, still sleeping…… Saying her name, louder and louder, with more panic, because she wasn’t moving. Holding my baby, screaming to God to wake her up, screaming at the 911 operator to hurry, “I know she’s dead, oh my God, I know she’s dead” plays over and over in my head, watching the EMT run my daughter out to the ambulance, watching them cut that sleeper open and start compressions on her pale chest.
But now I see this sleeper, new and clean, and it reminds me of the sleeper I used to put on my happy, beautiful baby. It’s not haunting to look at, and I’m so thankful I have it back. She’s wearing this sleeper, with gorgeous angel wings, up in Heaven.”
– Catie Clobes Evee’s Mom, Howard Lake, MN
Following these posts on facebook, another new friend took this blessing a step further and worked with a company to fashion and fund a pin from a photo of the sleeper. Evee’s sleeper was pink but the pin is yellow & pink to represent all the boys and girls who have gone too soon. Sudden infant death syndrome is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. It is the leading cause of death for that age bracket with more than 2,000 deaths in 2010, the last year statistics are available. Unexplained. Undetermined. Unacceptable. Every family deserves answers.
Health Choice Minnesota supports families seeking answers and awareness for their losses, so we are assisting the Clobes family in fundraising for the costs this incurs. 100% of the donations goes to legal fees & public awareness billboards on behalf of the family. If any excess is raised, it will be held for a nonprofit the family wishes to start that would pay it forward in supporting other families in their testing and legal needs following an unexplained infant death.
Wear the pin often and when people ask, tell Evee’s story- or your story if SIDS has impacted you- and tell them unexplained is not acceptable.
The first batch of pins will be available at a local event on August 31st. After that date we will know how many are left and if we need to order more! If you are interested in a pin, please email: email@example.com
Last Session legislation was filed to REMOVE the right to opt out of any or all vaccines on the school schedule for ALL Minnesota children- including homeschoolers. CDC guidelines for medical exemptions are extremely narrow and Evee’s siblings would NOT qualify for an exemption to the vaccines which appear to have taken their sister’s life. Please stay connected here and on facebook for updates and consider standing up for all Minnesota children.
Additional SIDS resources:
Per the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration, Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, it is more likely than not that the DTaP vaccine caused a cytokine storm that caused SIDS in the following case:
“Petitioners allege that as a result of receiving vaccinations for Diphtheria-Tetanus-acellular Pertussis (“DTaP”), inactivated polio (“IPV”), haemophilus influenzae (“HiB”), Pneumococcal Conjugate (“PCV”), and Rotavirus vaccinations on September 2, 2011, XXX passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (“SIDS”) on September 3, 2011.”
In this case, I have concluded, after review of the evidence, that it is more likely than not that the vaccines played a substantial causal role in the death of XXX without the effect of which he would not have died. The role of inflammatory cytokines as neuro-modulators in the infant medulla has been well described and is likely the reason for a significant number of SIDS deaths occurring in conjunction with mild infection. I have concluded that it is more likely than not that the vaccine-stimulated cytokines had the same effect in this vulnerable infant during sleep.”
They then overturned it:
And now the parents are in Federal Circuit Court of Appeals fighting for justice. Every other SIDS case in the country is at a stand-still while the court decides whether to uphold the ruling.