Medical Mystery

Girl Paralysed After Flu Shot

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Ten-year-old struck with rare disease after flu shot

Nov. 02, 2014

One year ago, Marysue Grivna was a happy and healthy nine-year-old girl.

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But just three days after receiving a flu shot, she was suddenly paralyzed and diagnosed with a rare disease.

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Carla Grivna, Marysue’s mother, spoke to Tucker Carlson and Clayton Morris on “Fox and Friends Weekend” this morning.

Grivna said doctors won’t confirm or deny a link between her daughter’s paralysis and the flu shot, but Grivna and her husband are 100% sure that the shot is what caused Marysue’s condition.

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“There was no underlying condition,” Grivna said. “So many tests at the hospital to try and find something else that could have caused it, and they could not find anything.”

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Now confined to a wheelchair and with a very limited vocabulary, Marysue has been diagnosed withAcute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), a rare inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, which affects approximately 8 in 1 million people per year.

“I’m saying to parents: hear my story, understand what happened to my daughter, ask questions, be informed and make an informed decision with your doctor’s guidance,” Grivna said.

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