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Little Girl Left Paralyzed After Routine Flu Shot

Published on July 10, 2016 by   ·   3 Comments

Young girl left paralysed after routined flu shot


A 9-year-old girl from Florida has been left paralysed and blind just days after receiving a routine flu shot from her doctor.

Marysue Grivna was a healthy, active girl that loves playing outside, helping out in the kitchen, and could speak two languages – according to her parents. reports:

Just six days after she went in for a flu shot, Marysue succumbed to a rare autoimmune disorder brought on by the shot in which the body attacks itself by targeting protective covers around nerve fibers. When the coverings are destroyed, it leaves the brain and spinal cord vulnerable to damage, sometimes leading to loss of vision and paralysis.

This is exactly what happened to Marysue just days after receiving the vaccine. She experienced paralysis one morning and was not able to speak or get out of bed, despite being fully conscious with her eyes open.

Her mother said this about that fateful morning:

“The look on her face was like ‘Help me,’ like she was scared but she couldn’t respond to me,” Carla recalled.

By the time she reached the ICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marysue had already experienced two seizures.

She spent the next three months hospitalized and underwent several tests to determine what the cause of her illness was. The doctors sent samples of her blood and urine to the Center for Disease Control and infectious disease specialists ran tests as well. All involved essentially told Marysue’s parents to say goodbye to their only child.

After three months in the hospital, doctors finally reached a diagnosis: Marysue had a rare autoimmune disease called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM. The disease is often triggered after a person has had a viral infection or received a vaccine. The symptoms are abrupt and usually exhibit after one to three weeks.

When asked if the doctors confirmed that the flu shot was to blame for the onset of these symptoms, Carla, her mother, said,

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