‘PERFECTLY HEALTHY’ GIRL, 9, PARALYZED BY FLU SHOT, FAMILY CLAIMS
A routine flu vaccination left a young girl badly injured and paralyzed from the waist down, a Southeast Texas family is claiming.
The family of Breanna Browning, 9, says the young girl was healthy and full of life, but began experiencing debilitating adverse effects within a few hours after receiving her flu shot on October 15 last month.
“Eight hours later, she was profusely vomiting and again Friday morning. Saturday, she was paralyzed from the waist down, blind and seemed like she had a seizure,” Breanna’s mother told KTRK.
Breanna has been in the pediatric intensive critical care unit since being transported to the hospital by ambulance on October 17.
“We know in our hearts this was the flu vaccine that made her ill,” Breanna’s stepfather, Johnny Alexander said.
“She was perfectly healthy. No symptoms, no sickness,” Breanna’s mother added.
Breanna was diagnosed as having ADEM, (acute disseminated encephyalomyelitis), characterized by a severe, sudden inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
According to doctors, Breanna will require at least one year of extensive rehabilitation and still may not recover fully. Worse yet, doctors say the disease could strike again.