Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-07-19 00:22:00 –
Las Vegas (FOX5)-A local woman returns home this weekend to readjust after spending three months in the hospital following the serious but rare side effects of COVID-19 vaccination.
The Las Vegas community continues the journey of 18-year-old Emma Barkey, who first experienced the negative side effects of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
On March 20, Barkey received the vaccine. Brett Johnson, a spokesman for her family, said she began to experience serious complications 10 days later. A few days later, she was airlifted to Loma Linda Hospital in Southern California.
Barkey’s GoFundMe The page states that she fell into an artificial coma, was ventilated, and underwent at least three brain surgeries to repair blood clots.
Johnson said she had recovered significantly and worked really hard to achieve this.
“When she went there, things were so scary and her situation was so serious that it’s great for her to leave the hospital, communicate and get well,” Johnson said. I did.
Barkey was released from the hospital on Wednesday, July 14, and returned to Las Vegas with his parents. The family is currently selling their home. Barkey’s father described their current living conditions as “air-conditioned camps.”
“Their homes aren’t really equipped for those in Emma’s condition. They aren’t wheelchair accessible. The bedroom and main bathroom are on the second floor. So the home doesn’t work for them. So they will sell their homes and find something else, “Johnson said.
Barkey was able to find a place for rehab and doctors who could transfer her care to the valley.
Johnson said Emma’s parents split the 12-hour shift to take care of her.
“This has completely changed the whole family, and it’s definitely a decisive moment for them all,” Johnson said.
The top priority is to let her walk alone.
“From now on, everything is cognitively there for her. She can speak, her sense of humor, it’s all there. It’s the physical thing that affected,” Johnson said. Says.
Emma’s mother described the care received by nurses and personal care assistants as “great.”
According to Johnson, the family is grateful for all the support they received.
“Love, interest and prayer are incredibly overflowing, bringing them to life on the GoFundMe page and encouraging them to know what many care about,” Johnson said.