43 years old Brad Malagarie of St. Martin has suffered a stroke after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, news station WLOX reports.
According to his family, Brad has been left paralyzed and unable to talk. The father of seven spent the morning at his D’lberville office before going to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, when he returned, his colleagues at the office noticed he was unresponsive at his desk.
“They called me and said he had that vaccine, and something is wrong. We think it’s a stroke. You know, we don’t know,” said Celeste Foster O’Keefe, Brad’s aunt.
Brad was reportedly rushed to the Ochsner’s Medical Center in New Orleans and diagnosed with a stroke. A blood clot had lodged in his left-middle cerebral artery.
Celeste, who is also brad’s boss, said the family believes without a doubt that the vaccine caused the stroke.
“He’s a young, healthy 43-year-old, you know, and I immediately thought it. And I said, ‘be sure to tell the doctors, tell the doctors he took that Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” said O’Keefe.
According to Celeste, Brad’s only health issue before the vaccine was high blood pressure, which was controlled with medication.
Giving new update on his condition, O’Keefe said Mr.Brad has been left paralyzed on the right side of his body.
“He can’t talk now and he can’t walk. He’s paralyzed on the right side. He knows who we are and he will just cry when he sees us,” O’Keefe said.
She said doctors don’t know how long it will take him to recover.
“We want him to be able to communicate, to be able to walk and talk again, even if it’s not perfect, that’s okay,” O’Keefe said.
This comes days after Federal regulators in the US stopped the use of the one-dose J&J shot after six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed blood clots, including one who died.