A Las Vegas woman had to undergo three brain surgeries, according to her family, because of dangerous blood clots that formed after receiving the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine.
Emma Burkey, 18, received the one-time injection on April 1, the Las Vegas Journal Review
About a week later, she started having seizures and was rushed to St Rose Dominican Hospital, Sierra Campus in Henderson, Nevada, family spokesman Bret Johnson said.
Burkey was then taken by airlift to Loma Linda Hospital in California, where she was placed in a medically induced coma, intubated, and underwent three surgeries to repair blood clots in her brain.
Her parents say she is on a slow recovery and is one of nine cases investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
It comes a week after the two agencies suggested clinicians stop using the injection after a handful of reports of rare but serious blood clots from more than seven million vaccinations.
Emma Burkey, 18 (pictured), of Las Vegas, Nevada, received the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine on April 1
A week later, Burkey (left and right) developed seizures and was rushed to St Rose Dominican Hospital. She was taken by airlift to a hospital in California, where she was placed in an induced coma and underwent three surgeries to repair blood clots in her brain.
Last week, the CDC and the FDA reported that six women under age 50 who received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine had developed cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) blood clots.
One such woman is Burkey, who the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services says she didn’t know until a public meeting of the CDC’s advisory committee last week.
CVST is a rare type of blood clot that blocks the brain’s sinus channels from draining blood, which can cause bleeding.
It occurs in about five per million people in the general population.
In the six cases, CVST occurred in conjunction with a low platelet count, also known as thrombocytopenia.
Burkey’s (pictured) parents say she is ‘slowly improving’ and is able to smile, mouth and blink to communicate
This number of six was later updated with nine people, but it is not clear whether the other three had thrombocytopenia.
There is currently no evidence that the J&J vaccine led to the blood clots.
After postponing a vote on Wednesday on whether or not to recommend lifting the break, the CDC’s advisory committee will meet again on April 23 to decide.
Members of the Vaccination Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP), which develops guidelines for vaccine administration and schedules, seemed to want more data before making a decision.
“She’s slowly improving,” Johnson told the Journal-Review.
“The word we got from her parents last night was slow, slow slow.”
Since Monday evening, Burkey has been released from the induced coma and taken off a ventilator.
Johnson said the 18-year-old currently has a tracheostomy tube in her throat, but is able to say some words and communicate with her parents and doctors by blinking her eyes.
‘She can [three-quarters] smile at will, and she likes to tease me about how badly I read lips, ” her dad Russ wrote in an update on GoFundMe.
Her blinking has improved a lot. She had a CT again [scan]… showing no bleeding and just a little bit, but progress, in shrinking the damaged parts of her brain. Brain swelling is still a problem, but not unexpected. ‘
The rollout of the J&J shot is paused after nine reports of blood clots, and the CDC’s advisory committee will meet next week to vote on whether or not to recommend a lifting of the hiatus. Pictured: J&J COVID-19 vaccine is kept by pharmacist Madeline Acquilano at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, March 3
A CDC spokesman said AOL that no additional cases have been confirmed in an email statement.
“We find it encouraging that it has not been an overwhelming number of cases, but we are looking and seeing what comes in,” said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky at a news conference on Monday.
She added that the agency and the FDA were monitoring the US government database for additional reports of side effects.
Johnson already told the Journal-Review Burkey has suffered a ‘massive brain injury’, her parents are ‘cautiously optimistic’.
“They are cautiously optimistic because she is improving, but very, very slowly,” he said.
Hastening, a local ministry where Russ Burkey volunteers.
The family started with one GoFundMe page to cover the cost of Burkey’s medical expenses.
As of Tuesday morning, it has raised more than $ 14,000, surpassing its original $ 10,000 goal.