Friday, October 16, 2009
Doctors have confirmed that a seasonal flu vaccine led to a Virginia woman becoming severely disabled as actors Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy offered their support through their Generation Rescue charity, an organization attempting to raise awareness about the link between vaccines and autism.
Former Redskins cheerleader Desiree Jennings was a fit and healthy cheerleader up until two months ago when she got a seasonal flu shot.
Ten days after the shot she began experiencing flu like symptoms, followed by severe convulsions and black outs.
Now she can barely talk or walk and her life has all but been destroyed.
After seeing around 60 doctors, Jennings was eventually diagnosed with dystonia, a paralyzing neurological disorder that causes the muscles to relentlessly contract and spasm.
Bizarrely, increased physical activity causes her heart rate to decline, meaning she can run for hours, however, her resting heart rate is 90 and walking a few steps is exhausting and almost impossible. There is no cure for the disease and it gets worse over time.
“Doctors at Fairfax Inova and Johns Hopkins diagnosed her with a rare neurological disorder called dystonia. They think it was caused by a severe reaction to the flu shot,” reports Fox 5 News.
“Desiree now has difficulty speaking, walking, and even eating. During an interview with FOX 5, she had several seizures. The effects are irreversible.”
However, Jennings has bravely vowed to fight the illness and her case has garnered the attention of celebrity campaigners Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy, who have reached out to her in offering the support of their organization Generation Rescue, which has led efforts to “green the vaccine” by removing dangerous additives like mercury from shots that have been linked to autism.
“They are extremely helpful,” Desiree told Fox 5 News. “They have a lot of doctors that deal with vaccine interactions, and they have sent us so many other stories similar to mine. Unfortunately a lot of theirs are with children, which is worse. I can understand it happening to an adult, but not a little child that hasn’t had a chance to live their life and can’t speak, so I want to speak. They can’t, and I want to help them, too,” says Jennings.
McCarthy was prompted to found the charity with Carrey after her own 7-year-old son Evan became autistic after receiving a vaccine. Generation Rescue’s President Stan Kurtz said that the organization is hoping to fly Jennings to L.A. for treatment.
“The story is, anyone that sees– it is just so compelling, Jenny was crying over it,” says Kurtz.
Jennings told Fox 5 that the treatment was a chance to get her life back, but she also said that what happened to her should serve as a warning to other people who are considering taking both the seasonal and the H1N1 vaccine.
Watch this video concerning the heartbreaking case of Desiree Jennings below.