COLORADO SPRINGS – Since the first COVID -19 vaccine became available to Americans late last year, nearly 300 million doses have been given.
Of those, more than ten million were vaccinated at Johnson and Johnson doses. Approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 32 people have experienced severe, unhealthy health complications involving blood clots. The majority of reports of the severe condition are in adult women, who are younger than 50 years of age. The CDC says the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks.
A South Springs woman is only one in a million, in terms of severe health complications following the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Kendra Lippy is a healthy, 38-year-old Coloradan, who has decided to get vaccinated to protect the people she loves and help the country return to a sense of normalcy. She received a vaccine at Johnson & Johnson on March 7. “I remember coming home afterward, and raising my hands, and telling my parents I was vaccinated, which was great,” Lippy said.
Lippy said a week passed, and on March 15, she experienced a headache unlike any other. “It was so bad, that it was like needles stuck in my brain,” Lippy said.
Lippy said over the weekend, he was also talking about stomach pain. On Friday night, “I went home, fell asleep, and then woke up 11:30 vomiting. And it wasn’t good, and I went out of the bathroom at four, and I asked my father to take my mother, and I was told that wrong, ”Lippy explained.
He went to the hospital on March 19, and on March 20, fell into a coma. “The next thing I remember was waking up 22 days later in the ICU. I had no idea what was going on, no idea what was going on, nothing at all,” said Lippy, who identified her sudden illness in vaccine.
Lippy told News5 that she woke up from her coma on April 11, two days before temporarily stopping the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on April 13 to investigate reports of blood clotting danger. Lippy finally got home from the hospital on April 21. “I got blood that, in the end, killed my little intestine, leaving me alone with 90 centimeters. It was also in my legs, and so was mine. thick… I don’t have a small part of my small intestine, so I have a beginning and an end. So, there are things I can’t process, things I can’t eat right, “Lippy said.
90 centimeters is just under three feet in length, and the small intestine is usually 22 feet long.
When Lippy finally woke up, her mother said she didn’t immediately know what had happened. It took a few days to find out exactly how sick he was, that he had surgery, and how long he had been in the hospital. “One of the first questions he asked was, ‘Did I miss the mother at Easter?’ And I said yes, you already miss Easter, ”Debbie Lippy said.
Her mother never thought this would happen to her daughter. “I just don’t know how to be saved all day, because I just don’t know, and just tell me, Lord, please don’t take him … I whispered in his ear, you know, Kendra you have to fight, and I love you, ”said Debbie Lippy, who received the Moderna vaccine without complications.
Lippy said doctors gave her a very thin blood thinner called heparin to treat her blood clots. However, the The CDC now says heparin can be dangerous to administer of a patient in Lippy’s condition. “Heparin actually puts poison in my body,” says Lippy, who has since been prescribed a variety of thin blood.
Lippy said she still had blood in her liver, which doctors tracked down.
Lippy’s attorney, Stephen Justino, said he has a history of handling negligence claims against the U.S. government. “If we are asked by the government to participate in this major research study, and someone like Kendra is severely injured, suffering life-changing complications, the government must act fully and fairly. he gets paid to do the right thing, “Justino said.
Justino explains that vaccine makers cause a blanket of resistance from liability. He said the system available to help people in Lippy’s position was called Countermeasures Injury Comprehensive Program (CICP). According to Justino, the CICP denies nine out of every ten claims received. “I think it’s going to fail, because it’s so small that it can’t control the caseload. And it’s not going to pay people very well,” Justino said.
For someone in Lippy’s position with the harm of the COVID-19 vaccine, Justino said they were entitled to the same medical costs and lost revenue. However, he said there was no guarantee that the claim would be approved by the CICP. Justino recounts that Lippy’s medical bills amount to a million dollars right now. Lippy has no health insurance. “He’s in the first challenges ahead of him which is one in a million,” Justino said.
Justino said the CICP does not compensate for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering or emotional distress. He called the CICP a “terrible system.”
Lippy’s claim must be filed within one year from her vaccination date. Justino said they are in the process of collecting Lippy’s medical records to accompany the claim, which spans more than 400,000 pages. In addition to this, Justino said they need to localize any medical records of Lippy from the year prior to her injury. Once everyone has been assigned to the CICP, the program must determine if it is a compensatory injury, and if it was caused by the vaccine.
Justino said he recently asked the Department of Health and Human Services whether vaccines will change legal protection if they receive full approval. Apparently, the department responded and said that vaccines do not automatically lose resistance strength with full approval.
Justino hopes Lippy’s story can be used to provoke political action. Lippy wants to find a system in place that is fair, transparent, and pays people on equal footing. Justino wants to try and set up meetings with U.S. Senators Hickenlooper or Bennet to discuss a plan to create a safety net for people who experience serious health complications after a vaccination.
To alert the CDC of any side effects experienced following vaccination, it can be used by individuals V-safe After Vaccine Health Checker.