Virginia teen suffers rare illness...

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Virginia teen suffers rare illness...
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Thu, 11-12-2009 - 3:51am

Boy diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, but CDC says no clear link

Jordan McFarland, 14, was hospitalized for five days after coming down with Guillain-Barre syndrome hours after receiving a vaccination for H1N1.

By JoNel Aleccia
Health writer
Nov. 11, 2009

A 14-year-old Virginia boy is weak and struggling to walk after coming down with a reported case of Guillain-Barre syndrome within hours after receiving the H1N1 vaccine for swine flu.

Jordan McFarland, a high school athlete from Alexandria, Va., left Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Tuesday night in a wheelchair nearly a week after developing severe headaches, muscle spasms and weakness in his legs following a swine flu shot. He will likely need the assistance of a walker for four to six weeks, plus extensive physical therapy.

“The doctor said I’ll recover fully, but it’s going to take some time,” the teenager said.

Jordan is among the first people in the nation to report developing the potentially life-threatening muscle disorder after receiving the H1N1 vaccine this fall. His alarming reaction was submitted via msnbc.com’s reader reporting tool, First Person, by his stepmother, Arlene Connin.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Mon, 12-07-2009 - 9:31am

Just the other day I had patient .. she was a young woman with three little kids -- twin 3 y/o girls and a 5 y/o boy .. dad brought them in to see mom (completely understandable!) And I had to explain the policy was no children under 14 .. dad asked "even though they have their H1N1 vaccines??" .. I felt so sad telling him .. yes, even with their vaccines. I told him to not worry about it for now, close the door to the room and visit with mom, but next time the kids would need to stay home, and I hoped that she wouldn't be in the hospital very much longer. The family seemed OK with that, and I felt that I'd done my job, but telling the family next time the kids couldn't stay.

Of course -- every other nurse on the floor kept coming to me to say "You know, those kids can't be in that room!!" .. Ugh. I wish people would think about how they would feel in a similar situation.




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Registered: 04-09-2008
Mon, 12-07-2009 - 10:20am
I don't envy those in that position (no offense).

Rands

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Mon, 12-07-2009 - 10:22am
PS. Elijah's getting so cute.
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Mon, 12-07-2009 - 2:37pm
ITA I love getting to watch him grow with the new pictures...thanks for sharing!

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