Bethel Park woman paralyzed 12 hours after getting first dose of Pfizer vaccine, doctors searching for answers
April 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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There have been many negative side effects reported worldwide from the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, but a Bethel Park woman told Channel 11 she has been affected by something that hadn’t been seen at all yet: paralysis.
— There have been some negative side effects reported worldwide from the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, but a Bethel Park woman told Channel 11 she has been affected by something that hadn’t been seen at all yet: paralysis. The 33-year-old woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she felt fine in the hours after getting the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine last week.
However, she said 12 hours later, she woke up in the middle of the night with no feeling in her arms or legs. [Here is how to stay informed about coronavirus updates from WPXI]“It was the scariest thing in the world to go to sleep completely fine (and walking), to wake up 1:30 in the morning and not be able to move at all,” the woman said.
No underlying conditions, I have nothing in my history and they are basically telling me, ‘You’re healthy and we can’t figure out why this is going on,’” the woman told Channel 11. Luckily, she has been able to regain feeling and strength in her arms, but she still has no function from her lower chest down besides very slight movement in a few toes. Dr. Dave Weber, an infectious disease doctor with UPMC, said he has not heard of anything like this happening anywhere in the world with the Pfizer vaccine. “I’ sure there is more than one explanation, and it would be premature for me to judge if it’s one of the side effects of the vaccine or not,” Weber said.
“I think it definitely needs to be looked into and be reported. ”Pfizer’s director of global media relations issued the following statement regarding this woman’s mysterious paralysis:“We take adverse events that are potentially associated with our COVID-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, very seriously.
At this time, our ongoing review has not identified any safety signals with paralysis and the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
To date, more than 2001 million people around the world have been vaccinated with our vaccine.
It is important to note that serious adverse events that are unrelated to the vaccine are unfortunately likely to occur at a similar rate as they would in the general population. ”Meanwhile, the woman is concerned her condition points to the vaccine and fears it could be permanent.