Teen paralyzed by h1n1 vax in Maryland

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Teen paralyzed by h1n1 vax in Maryland
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Fri, 03-05-2010 - 5:13pm
CECIL COUNTY, Md. -- A Cecil County teenager is in rehab and is paralyzed from the chest down as a result of getting the H1N1 flu vaccine at his school, according to his parents and doctor.

Robert Beckham, 16, is in rehab at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, where he and his parents, Belinda and Tom, are learning to cope with his new status as a paraplegic.

In December, Robert suddenly lost feeling in both his legs and was rushed to Baltimore's Sinai Hospital.

"Very unfortunately, under very heavy treatment, not only did he not improve, he even got slightly worse," said Sinai pediatric neurologist Dr. Yuval Shafrir.

Shafrir said Robert is being treated for a rare condition called transverse mylitis in which a segment of Robert's spinal cord was destroyed by his own immune system.

Transverse mylitis is a disease that can occur after infection, but in this case, Shafrir said it was a medically unpredictable reaction to a vaccination that's being given in schools all over the country.

"The only obvious cause was the H1N1 vaccination," Shafrir said.

"I kept pestering my parents to get me this shot. I got it, and a month later, it went bad," Robert said.

"I'm still in shock from it. I can't believe that this happened to him," said the teen's mother.

"I did not know there was even a small chance of this. I had never heard of this happening," Robert's father said.

To make matters worse for the family, both of Robert's parents are disabled and financially unable to bring him home from the hospital.

"If he had received the regular flu vaccine, the family would be able to file a claim with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program," said attorney Clifford Shoemaker. "But because it was the swine flu program, which falls under the same bill as terrorism … the family will get very little in compensation for what's happened to this child."

There's a fundraiser this weekend in Cecil County to help them out. It will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Porters Grover Baptist Church at 478 Connelly Road in Rising Sun.

The family needs help making their home handicapped-accessible for Robert. All donations can be made at Cecil Bank in care of Robert Beckham.

Meanwhile, Maryland Health Department officials are aware of Robert's case.

"Certainly, there are instances of adverse events -- they're very rare -- and it's something we want to monitor closely," said DHMH Deputy Secretary Fran Phillips.


While the boy's paralysis is heartbreaking, Shafrir said it shouldn't deter anyone from getting the vaccination.


http://www.wbaltv.com/news/22755325/detail.html

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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 8:38pm

Thanks guys.


Not sure how much 'back' I can be but I'm really at a point where I'm re-evaluating my thoughts and decisions on delaying vs avoiding at this point. Knew I needed to come back here and re-educate myself on things. Especially any new info.


Since I've been gone I've went and got married, have two step-daughters, and contemplating taking on a mortgage vs living the renting life. ;-)


Jamie, did you want me to make you a siggy or make ME a siggy.

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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 1:08pm
Well, I have been known to be Cybil every now and then. ;-)

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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 11:49am
I remember a day when I thought you and she were the same person. It's great to get to know people! I'm also happy to see minority here...in case I haven't already mentioned it :)
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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 11:26am
Welcome back, Mav.

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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 11:20am
So glad to have you back!!!
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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 11:08am

Gimme siggy please!

Glad to see you here.

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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 11:00am

:-D


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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 10:33am
Is that you mav?
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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 9:52am

"Not so sure Bush can be blamed for anything other than being able to con a country into thinking he was actually in charge."

LMAO!!! I told my kid the other day that he was only elected because of who he was. I totally believe that election was fixed.

I'll come back later and look for some stuff for ya. I'm usually online at night and was just taking a peek...got pulled in,lol.

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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 7:56am
You read correctly. And an unelected appointed official gets to declare to what is considered a national emergency. (Sec. of DHHS) to include 'potential' emergency, aka: a bad dream.

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