A 10-year-old Florida girl has been left paralyzed for over a year after she developed a rare brain infection only days after getting a popular vaccination.
Marysue Grivna was a normal little girl who enjoyed a perfectly healthy life until last year when she received a flu vaccination, according to WTSP. Just days after, her mother went into her room to find her conscious but unable to move her body or speak so she called an ambulance.
“She (used to) love school, she was running, playing, singing in the church choir,” Carla Grivna said.
After doctors examined Marysue, they gave her parents a shocking diagnosis. She has what’s called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM, which is a rare infection of the brain that causes paralysis.
After nearly a year later, the young girl still is unable to speak and must be carried to the bathroom by her parents. She spends the majority of her time in a hospital bed that was placed in the family’s living room, and she needs constant assistance for even the most routine tasks.
The Grivnas believe that the flu shot their daughter was given is the cause of her troubles, although they said doctors “won’t confirm or deny” whether or not that’s the case.
“Her father Steven and I are certain,” Carla told Fox News, “due to all of our research, that this was what caused Marysue’s condition.”
MailOnline points to research from the National Institutes of Health that found in five percent of ADEM cases that patients had been given a flu shot in the month prior, which appears to back up the Grivna’s claims. However, doctors still don’t recommend against getting the shot since they say the flu itself is more likely to cause ADEM than the vaccine is.
“If I get the flu I’m far more likely to get ADEM than from the flu vaccine,” said Dr Juan Dumois, director of infectious diseases at All Children’s Hospital.
Doctors say that it’s possible to recover from ADEM, but after the initial six months of having it, a patient’s chances drop significantly, making Marysue’s case all the more dire.
The Grivnas have set up a GoFundMe page to assist with medical bills and to help fund the expansion of her bedroom to accommodate the large bed and make it accessible to her.
Does the chance that your child could develop ADEM change your mind as to whether or not you’ll allow them to get a vaccine?