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Published on Nov 19, 2009
Desiree Jennings was told by some doctors that she would never recover that the damage she suffered from a flu shot was irreversible. But over the last month, she has gone from being on deaths door to seeing that her old life is just within reach
Jennings, 25, never lost hope that this day would finally come.
It feels great to be able to smile again, says Jennings.
The Ashburn, Virginia native is not only able to smile, but she can walk again. These simple steps seemed impossible nearly a month ago when we first introduced you to the Redskins Cheerleader Ambassador.
I did not know what was in her all I knew is that what was in her shouldnt be in her, says Dr Rashid Buttar.
Actress Jenny McCarthys Foundation called Generation Rescue, which educates people about ways to reverse autism and concerns over vaccine safety, put Desiree in touch with Dr. Rashid Buttar, who practices outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. Hes a controversial physician who practices preventative medicine.
When Desiree arrived there more than three weeks ago, she was in acute respiratory distress. She could barely breathe, and there were concerns she just wouldnt make it.
Her face was starting to get that purplish bluish tint because she couldnt get air. Twice I looked at my head nurse like we may need to call EMS, says Dr Buttar.
But 24-48 hours later, Desiree was stable. And when we paid her a visit, she was walking and laughing, and was seemingly on the road to recovery.
Overall I think my spirits are higher. I definitely feel light I have a positive future. Hopefully all of this will get better, says Jennings.
Shes no longer having any seizures. She can speak perfectly normal whenever talking about the past or the future but her voice changes whenever she speaks about the time period when she was sick which began in early September.
Dr. Buttar describes it as a hard drive damaged on a computer, but that too, he says, will return. Desiree is amazed at the improvement, but she admits at one point, she thought she was going to die.
I also knew my health was getting very bad, and I didnt have much time, so I said this has got to work I have nothing left, says Jennings.
Dr. Buttar diagnosed Desiree with essentially a toxic reaction to the flu shot.
My diagnosis of her is acute viral post immunization ensephalophosphy and secondary mecury toxicity, which we just established as of this Friday.
When asked if her diagnosis was a result of the flu shot, Dr. Buttar responded, Absolutely. Without a doubt? Without a doubt.