LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The father of a teenager who has been in the hospital for several weeks says the 18-year-old is now showing some positive signs on her path to recovery.
The family says Emma Burkey had a severe reaction about 10 days after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson on March 20. Her symptoms included brain clots and seizures, a family friend told 8 News Now.
Burkey was transferred from a Las Vegas hospital to a California hospital, where she underwent three brain surgeries.
Her father, Bret Burkey, posted an update on his daughter’s condition on her GoFundMe page Wednesday night.
“Emma had a really good day. She had her MRI around midnight and the analysis showed no abnormalities! She had 4 tough therapy sessions today with improved eye movement. She can now move her head in all directions and hold it upright for 10 seconds. Next goal for 30 seconds, then 1 minute and then normal. Improved movements all over her body and doing half sit-ups this afternoon. “
She is one of six women across the country who are reported to have developed severe blood clots after receiving the J&J vaccine. Out of around seven million shots fired, these intense reactions are a one-in-a-million event.