PETERBOROUGH-A 42-year-old Peterborough man is fighting for his life after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre (Ghee-Yan Bah-Ray) syndrome just days after being vaccinated.
A Go Fund Me Campaign set up for Kris McNeely says on May 20th he was admitted to Peterborough Regional Health Centre experiencing numbness in his arms and legs. It goes on to say that a couple of days later he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS).
“Within days he was paralyzed and in ICU on a ventilator. Doctors have told them it may have been caused by his COVID vaccine shot which he had 10 days prior. After several weeks of extensive medical treatment, Kris remains in ICU on a ventilator and a feeding tube.” says the Go Fund Me.
The US Food and Drug Administration put a note on Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine on Monday to warn of the possible increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome. It’s unclear what vaccine McNeely had or if other vaccines could soon be flagged as well. While the FDA said it had not yet established the vaccine could cause the syndrome, it noted an increase in reports of the sometimes paralyzing condition.
The Journal of the American Medical Association cites Guillain-Barré as the most frequent neurological condition reported after getting the flu vaccine. There’s no data yet on the Coronavirus vaccine.
It is unclear how many people in Peterborough have been hospitalized with adverse reactions to the vaccine as Peterborough Regional Health Centre would not release that information to us. Peterborough Public health is reporting 146 adverse reactions to the shot with no breakdown on types of reactions.
Ross Memorial Hospital says it has had one case of Myocarditis and 42 adverse reactions come through the ER to date. Read more here:https://www.kawartha411.ca/2021/07/08/one-case-of-myocarditis-and-42-adverse-reactions-to-coronavirus-vaccine-treated-at-ross-memorial-hospital-to-date/
The Ontario Government reports 19 cases of GBS across the province up to July 3. There have been 6957 Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI)reported in Ontario.
There were 259 reports of events managed as anaphylaxis, in which 19 met the definition of a serious AEFI. Of all 259 reports of events managed as anaphylaxis: 230 received epinephrine, 229 were seen in the emergency department and 191 were fully recovered at the time of reporting. As of July 3, 2021, there have been 74 reports of myocarditis or pericarditis following receipt of COVID- 19 mRNA vaccines in Ontario. Up to July 3, there have been 21 reports of TTS following the first dose of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine in Ontario (including one probable TTS). 29 deaths have been temporally linked to the vaccine.
The Ontario government says 17,119624 doses of vaccine have been administered to date and they stress it’s safe and effective.
“Vaccines are the best defence against COVID-19 and variants, and I encourage everyone to get their first and second shots as soon as possible.” said Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Deputy Premier on July 2
“Expanding the eligibility for accelerated second doses to include youth aged 12 to 17 is another positive step in the rollout of vaccines across Ontario,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “With the continued support of our public health partners, we are on track to significantly increase the number of Ontarians who will be fully immunized this summer, helping to protect themselves and their community.”
Kris McNeely just turned 42 and is married with two young children.
“He has a very long road ahead of him. Even when Kris is able to go home, he will need extensive care and therapy for many months ahead.” says the campaign.
The Go Fund Me was set up to help take some of the financial burden off of the family during this difficult time.