Teen Paralyzed After Getting H1N1 Vaccination – WBAL Baltimore

This post was authored by Brian Nash and posted to The Eye Opener on March 6th, 2010.

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In a posting on today’s WBALTV.com, we learn of a horrible and scary story about a teenager in Cecil County, Maryland, who is now paralyzed from the chest down after being administered the  H1N1  vaccine.

This 16 year old young man, Robert Beckham, from Cecil County, Md., is now a patient Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, where he is undergoing rehabilitation.  Despite intense rehabilitative efforts since December 2009, Robert has not improved; in fact, according to his treating neurologist, Dr. Yuval Shafrir, he has gotten even “slightly worse.”  His spinal cord has been destroyed by his own immune system, according to Shafrir.

“The only obvious cause was the H1N1 vaccination,” Shafrir said.

Transverse mylitis is a disease that can occur after infection, but in this case, Shafrir said it was a medically unpredictable reaction to a vaccination that’s being given in schools all over the country.

According to WBAL’s report, Robert kept pressing his parents to get the H1N1 vaccine shot.  ”I got it, and a month later, it went bad,” Robert said. In December, he was rushed to a hospital after suddenly loosing feeling in his legs.

Robert’s mother and step-father are both disabled and financially unable to bring him home to care for him.  ”I did not know there was even a small chance of this. I had never heard of this happening,” said Robert’s stepfather, Thomas Finn.

In a posting by Judicial Watch around the time of Robert’s vaccination (November 24, 2009), it was reported:

Since the vaccine began being administered in early October, there have been almost two thousand adverse events reported to the Centers for Disease Control vaccine reporting system, VAERS. Judicial Watch used the Freedom of Information Act to request copies of the VAERS. From October 1 – November 4th, there were 1,112 adverse reactions reported.  The most common side effects were generally not serious and included fever (present in 240 cases) and nausea (present in 112 cases). However, there were also cases of serious and life threatening reactions. In total, 38 cases were classified as serious, and twelve were considered life threatening. There were also six people who died after receiving the vaccine, although at this time it is unknown whether the vaccine caused the deaths.    

Wondering what information is ‘out there’ regarding adverse reactions to the H1N1 vaccine, I did a simple Google search – “transverse myelitis from H1N1 vaccine. ”  Here is just a sampling of what was found:


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Headache (26%); malaise (20%); convulsions, encephalopathy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, neuralgia, neuritis or neuropathy, paresthesia, transverse myelitis (postmarketing).


Headache (33%); malaise (19%); fatigue (18%); migraine (6%); confusion, dizziness, febrile convulsions, Guillain-Barré syndrome, myelitis including encephalomyelitis and transverse myelitis, neuralgia, neuropathy, paralysis including Bell palsy, paresthesia (postmarketing).

As a result of legislation passed in October 1998, a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort (civil lawsuit) system was created by legislation – the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).  However, according to one legal source in the WBALTV.com report, “[b]ecause it was the swine flu program, which falls under the same bill as terrorism … the family will get very little in compensation for what’s happened to this child.”

There’s a fundraiser this weekend in Cecil County to help them out. It will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Porters Grover Baptist Church at 478 Connelly Road in Rising Sun.

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