In August 2009, Desiree Jennings received her seasonal flu shot, something she had done several years before. This time, however, her reaction was severe and debilitating. Over the course of several weeks she lost the ability to walk or talk normally, and began to suffer violent seizures and recurrent blackouts.
In a press release made on November 4, it seems as if Desiree is making a remarkable recovery. It isn't clear whether her diagnosis is still dystonia as her personal doctor has given further detail about her diagnosis.
Jennings was misdiagnosed multiple times with a variety of diagnoses since receiving the influenza shot, which she thought would protect her from illness. She has since been diagnosed by her treating physician, Dr. Rashid A. Buttar, with a number of conditions including but not limited to Acute, Viral Post Immunization Encephalopathy and Mercury Toxicity with secondary respiratory and neurological deficits.
The press release mentions 'neurological deficits' but does not specifically indicate that Jennings suffered from dystonia, as previously determined.
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The disorder may be inherited or caused by other factors such as birth-related or other physical trauma, infection, poisoning or reaction to drugs. It is known to be irreversible.
If Desiree Jennings was told she had dystonia, it may have been a mis-diagnosis. She is now recovering from many of the symptoms of dystonia that doctors at Fairfax Inova and Johns Hopkins diagnosed the NFL cheerleader. They thought, at the time, it was caused by a severe reaction to the flu shot.
The treatments with Dr. Buttar at the Center for Advanced Medicine and Clinical Research in Charlotte, NC are working, and the results are nothing short of amazing. Jennings can now walk and talk normally throughout the vast majority of the day and the seizures and convulsions have significantly decreased.
Washington Redskins Cheerleader Desiree Jennings seems to be on the road to recovery a month after the scare that has been speculated to be from the seasonal flu vaccine.
Desiree Jennings has a website set up about her experience and is sponsored by several businesses. Hopefully there will be additional information forthcoming to directly link the seasonal flu virus with the reaction that Jennings had in October and a statement as to whether the dystonia diagnosis is valid.