18-Year-Old Undergoes 3 Brain Surgeries from Blood Clots after Johnson&Johnson Vaccine
Commentaries by Robert Gorter, MD, PhD.
April 20th, 2021
A Nevada teen was put in a coma, placed on a respirator, and underwent three brain surgeries after developing blood clots about one week after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Although Burkey experienced a “massive brain injury,” accordingly to the local press, her parents are “cautiously optimistic.”
A Nevada teen who received Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) COVID vaccine on April 1, 2021, underwent three brain surgeries to remove blood clots she developed about a week after receiving the vaccine, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
According to family spokesperson Bret Johnson, after Emma Burkey, 18, suffered seizures, doctors placed her in an induced coma and on a respirator. The high school senior has improved and is now awake and off the respirator, but still requires a tracheostomy tube, which has impaired her ability to speak.
“She is improving slowly,” Johnson told Las Vegas Review-Journal. “The word we got from her parents last night was ‘slowly, slowly slowly.’ For a while there, her situation and condition was completely unknown. “Very scary and very iffy, honestly.”
Burkey was first treated at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson before being airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California for specialized care.
According to Fox 5 Las Vegas, Burkey was one of the six women whose case is under review by U.S. health agencies, which last week paused the vaccine citing concerns about blood clots.
The woman, identified as 18-year-old Emma Burkey, was one of six women across the country who experienced a serious clotting side effect after receiving the one-shot vaccine.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) panel said Burkey and other women experienced headaches and back pain prior to the discovery of blood clots.
The CDC panel also disclosed that Burkey was given heparin, a blood thinner which typically is standard treatment for blood clots,