Desiree Jennings decided it would be a good idea to get the seasonal flu shot, but ten days after her shot she got sick and was finally diagnosed with Dystonia. Read more on her Desiree’s heartbreaking story below. Do you think the flu girl is a hoax?
There are many that wonder if the flu girl video is a hoax? But sadly it appears to be all too real, especially for Desiree Jennings.
Jennings went to her local Safeway and got the flu shot as a precaution so she wouldn’t be out sick with the flu, but soon she became very ill.
“I got flu-like symptoms — nausea, vomiting, body aches, fever — then was lethargic for a week and started blacking out,” said Jennings, an AOL employee and Washington Redskins ambassador hoping to become a cheerleader.
Doctors were baffled as to why Desiree’s speech and walking were so affected. So Desiree saw neurologists, physical therapists and psychologists.
“I was hoping for Lyme, praying for lupus, even Graves’ disease,” she said. “Unfortunately they were all ruled out.”
Finally, doctors at Johns Hopkins diagnosed Jennings with dystonia, a rare neurological condition with no cure brought on by infections, brain trauma or, as in Desiree’s case…a reaction to medication. It causes body jerks and abnormal or repetitive movements.
“A simple conversation with two people — you and I could converse on the couch, and if the phone were to ring it would send her into a violent convulsion,” said her husband, Brendan Jennings.
Now Desiree can’t walk more than five feet forward without stumbling, but for some reason is able to run. And she walks backward easily as well. After her health ordeal began, “My insurance wasn’t going to pay for another hospital visit. Matter of fact, they called us as we were driving to Johns Hopkins not to offer a specialist but instead to offer a hospital bed and a wheelchair for our house. I told them I wanted to know what was happening to me and that I didn’t want to be in a wheelchair.”
Desiree’s reaction to the flu shot is said to be one in a million.
“I would’ve much rather won the lottery and bought that ticket instead of gotten the flu shot if I knew that risk existed,” Desiree said.
Watch Desiree’s story below:
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