One family in Texas is searching for answers after their normally healthy daughter was hospitalized from complications they believe were caused by a flu shot.
Like any 9-year-old, Brianna Browning is most happy when she's moving. She likes to run, jump, play on the beach play in the sand, anything a child would like to do.
Her family said she hasn't moved like that in almost two two weeks.
"It's horrible," said Johnny Alexander, her stepfather. "It kills us."
The 4th grader from Crystal Beach has been in a hospital bed since Oct. 17. Her parents said she got a flu vaccine two days before and then her health deteriorated.
Eight hours later, they said she was profusely vomiting and again Friday morning. Saturday, she was paralyzed from the waist down, blind and seemed like she had a seizure.
Doctors, they said, don't yet know what happened or why. But they point to one thing.
"We know in our hearts this was the flu vaccine that made her ill," said Brenda Faulk, Brianna's mother.
There are a lot of myths that are out there, according to doctors.
Dr. Umair Shah hasn't treated Brianna. He is the executive director of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services. He said flu shots are extremely safe and encouraged everyone over the age of 6 months to get one. There can be reactions but they are mostly mild.
"There are some cases, very rare, that a flu shot has a more severe reaction and those reactions are minor in terms of the number of people who are going to get those," Shah said.
Brianna's parents said they're are convinced she has fallen within that small group and want people to know.
"It's just her nervous system has totally shut down, Faulk said.
They're praying she'll recover so she can be active again.
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