Emma Burkey Las Vegas teen has 3 brain surgeries after J&J vaccine to clear blood clots. Is one of six women under age of 50 being investigated by CDC for cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) blood clots.
Emma Burkey, 18, received the one-dose shot on April 1, reported the Las Vegas Journal-Review.
About a week later, Burkey of Clark County began experiencing seizures and was rushed to St Rose Dominican Hospital, Sierra Campus in Henderson, Nevada.
Burkey has since been identified by family and friends as being one of the six cases in the U.S. that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating following reports of blood clots forming in women after taking the J&J COVID-19 vaccine.
Las Vegas woman one of nine cases being investigated by the CDC & FDA
Emma’s parents says she is slowly recovering, with the teen’s case one of nine cases being investigated by the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involving blood clots as a result of the J&J vaccine.
The case comes one week after the two agencies suggested clinicians stop using the shot after a handful of reports of rare, but serious, blood clots out of more than seven million vaccinations.
Last week, the CDC and FDA reported that six women under age 50 who received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine had developed cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) blood clots.
One of those women is Burkey, which the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services says it did not know of until a public meeting of the CDC’s advisory committee last week.
CVST is a rare type of blood clot that blocks the brain’s sinus channels of draining blood, which can cause hemorrhages.
It occurs in about five per million people in the general population.
In the six cases, CVST occurred in combination with low levels of blood platelets, also known as thrombocytopenia.
Does J&J vaccine cause blood clots?
This figure of six was later updated to include nine people, but it’s not clear if the other three experienced thrombocytopenia.
There is currently no evidence to suggest that the J&J vaccine led to the blood clots.
After delaying a vote on Wednesday on whether or not to recommend lifting the pause, the CDC’s advisory committee meet again on April 23 to decide according to the dailymail.
Members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which develops guidelines for vaccine administration as well as schedules, appeared to want more data before proceeding with a decision.
‘She is improving slowly,’ Johnson & Johnson told the Journal-Review.
‘The word we got from her parents last night was slowly, slowly slowly.’
Slowly making recovery
Adding, ‘She’s starting to realize what has happened to her, where she is slowly,’
‘Things weren’t always as promising.’
As of Monday evening, Burkey has been taken out of the induced coma and off of a respirator with the girl’s condition improving.
Johnson & Johnson say that the 18-year-old currently has a tracheostomy tube in her throat, but is able to mouth some words and communicated with her parents and doctors by blinking.
‘She can [three-quarters] smile at will, and she likes to tease me about how bad I read lips,’ her father, Russ, wrote in an update on GoFundMe.
‘Her blinking is much improved. She had another CT [scan]…that shows no bleeds and a very little, but progress, in shrinking the damaged areas of her brain. Swelling of the brain is still an issue but not unexpected.’
A CDC spokesperson told AOL that no additional cases have been confirmed in an emailed statement.
‘We are encouraged that it hasn’t been an overwhelming number of cases but we’re looking and seeing what’s come in,’ said CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky during a press briefing on Monday.
She added that the agency and the FDA were monitoring the U.S. government’s database for additional reports of side effects.
Burkey family has started a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of the teen’s medical expenses.
As of Tuesday noon, it has raised more than $15,770, surpassing the original $10,000 goal.