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.

http://katysexposure.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/virginia-teen-suffers-rare-illness-guillain-barre-after-swine-flu-shot/

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Registered: 01-13-2006
Fri, 11-20-2009 - 3:05am

I'm curious to know how the initial diagnosis was done and how cause of death was confirmed. It makes no mention of either in the article. Does anyone know?

ETA: Is postmortem testing done on every case where H1N1 suspected to be cause of death? If not then, I ask again, how *exactly* is c.o.d. determined?

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Edited 11/20/2009 3:23 am ET by mizzou_mommy

"It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are."

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Fri, 11-20-2009 - 9:50am
ROFLOL! It IS the most fun explanation, isn't it? While we're at it, let's all remember not to trust anyone over 30. :-)










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Registered: 11-06-2009
Fri, 11-20-2009 - 10:00am

Hey, I though it was under 30!


Dammit - on the wrong side of the scale, again!

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Registered: 11-20-2009
Fri, 11-20-2009 - 9:18pm

Mild illness, IMO -- why is it that the rest of the world isn't going insane over this, just the USA?



In your opinion? Do you have any other basis for "your opinion" other than what has happened in the context of your own family? Because let me tell you, I do.

I work in a large children's hospital where on a weekly basis we are getting 2-3 cases in the ICU of H1N1. These are kids who had absoultely NOTHING wrong with them before. No deaths yet, but let me tell you these kids are on heart machines, dialyisis and are near deaths door when they come to us. I just saw our first patient leave 8 weeks later- he has had PERMANENT cardiac and suffered a stroke as a result of complications. So why the rest of the world is going insane over this supposedly harmless disease is perfectly sensical to me because I do see the effects of it on a daily basis. I see the families who have been changed forever. So for you to tell people this is insanity is just plain wrong......IMO!
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Registered: 11-20-2009
Fri, 11-20-2009 - 9:21pm
No, you do not have to have pneumonia to die from H1N1- cardiac arrest or organ failure,
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Registered: 06-24-2008
Sat, 11-21-2009 - 9:49am

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Cardiac arrest from what? sepsis from a secondary infection? The flu doesn't just stop your heart ..

Organ failure .. assuming also secondary to infection with H1N1 -- as a result of dehydration (from vomiting/diarrhea or not taking in adequate free water..)? I would understand respiratory failure as a result of PNA .. even kidney failure rt extreme dehydration.

Interesting. In the last week we've seen a def influx of patients admitted with Influenza A positive tests .. a handful of them receive tamiflu. The rest are put on IV antibiotics to prevent secondary infection. None have actually been very sick and I honestly don't feel any of them have been sick enough to require hospitalization. This is all very interesting b/c I don't ever recall having an influenza + patient in past years.. generally, if people were influenza +, they were in the ICU b/c of respiratory failure.




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Registered: 10-18-2007
Sat, 11-21-2009 - 10:17am

Hi Alice...

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Sat, 11-21-2009 - 3:47pm
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Registered: 11-20-2009
Sat, 11-21-2009 - 4:02pm

Cardiac arrest from what? sepsis from a secondary infection? The flu doesn't just stop your heart ..


So you you are saying I am a liar. No, neither one of the three patients in the past month we have seen had sepsis and yes they suffered cardiac arrest and had to be put on heart machines. So yes it can just stop your heart whether you want to believe it or not.


Whether it is the main cause or not, which I do not understand if that is your point what does it matter. In these cases it was all the H1N1 that brought the other things on. If they had not had that and had the vaccination, they would not have had all these horrible things happen. The tragedy of the situation is that there is not enough H1N1vaccines

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Sat, 11-21-2009 - 5:05pm

If they had not had that and had the vaccination, they would not have had all these horrible things happen.


You are a little difficult to understand but if I am reading this correctly you are asserting that had these individuals been vaccinated they would not be in the situation they are in, right? Do you have some sort of crystal ball that enables you to determine what person will not have a primary failure of the vaccine (I assume you understand that vaccine are not 100% effective)? Were each of these patients confirmed to be infected with the H1N1 strain included in the vaccine by a lab or did they present with ILI or was confirmation done via rapid testing? What was the treatment protocol? Antipyretics upon admission?

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