Shelby Allen – 17 Year Old Hospitalized after COVID Vaccine with Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Shelby Allen, a 17 year old, was hospitalized after her COVID Vaccine because she couldn’t feel her arms and legs.

“I’m on the bowling team in Dyer County and I noticed when I was throwing the ball, I couldn’t feel my arm and legs. So, I was freaking out. “

Her parents took her to the doctor in Jackson, Tennessee. Shelby is now being treated at Le Bonheur in Memphis for a rare condition known as Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

“When we got in, my doctor … told me right off the bat what she thought it was. She said ‘you have Guillain-Barré,’” Allen said.

Dr. Nick Hysmith, the medical director of infection prevention at Le Bonheur, said GBS is where “the body’s immune system gets a little bit confused and targets your nerve cells, and that leads to weakness.”

He said the adverse reaction is “extremely rare” and advised people to still get vaccinated.  😱

“I should be able to walk and get my diploma in March. I’ll be graduating high school. I should be able to walk on that stage, and I’m determined to do that. I definitely feel blessed. I could be in a lot worse situation than I am now. I could be dead, or I could be paralyzed.”

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