10-Year-Old Florida Girl, Is Paralyzed with a Rare Brain Infection After Receiving a Flu Shot

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Photo Credit: Morguefile.com

A 10-year-old Florida girl, has been paralyzed for close to a year now, with a rare inflammation inflection and her family blames a flu vaccine. According to mother Carla Grivna, her daughter Marysue was a healthy happy child until last year.

Last November, Carla took Marysue, for her seasonal flu shot. The next few days she appeared fine as Marysue was going to school and playing freeze tag with friend’s just days before Thanksgiving.

That’s when things took a turn for the worst, and Carla found her daughter paralyzed in bed, unable to move her body or speak. After being rushed to the hospital they were given the saddening news that Marysue suffered from a rare brain infection called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or also known as ADEM.

Sadly enough, a year later and not much has changed. Marysue still cannot speak and must be helped to the bathroom by her father. Most of her days are spent in a hospital bed, which is kept in the family’s living room. Now the Grivnas family is saying ‘the doctors won’t confirm it or deny it,’ but they believe the flu shot was to blame.

‘Her father Steven and I are certain,’ she told Fox News ‘due to all of our research, that this was what caused Marysue’s condition.’

Research done by the National Institutes of Health found that in five percent of ADEM cases, the patient had received a vaccine in the month before symptoms started.

Interestingly enough, the condition affects about 8 in 1,000,000 people but research also shows that ADEM is more common among people who get infections from the flu virus than those who get the vaccine.

The family is currently trying to raise enough money in order to renovate Marysue’s room to make it more accessible, and has raised just under $3,000 in 11 days.

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