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Seizures and paralysis due to encephalomyelitis: the allergic reactions of a Coahuila doctor after being vaccinated against COVID-19

Karla Cecilia Pérez Osorio, 32 years old and a doctor by profession, began to present numbness in the extremities half an hour after applying the vaccine and later convulsed Photo: (Screenshot Facebook)
Karla Cecilia Pérez Osorio, 32 years old and a doctor by profession, began to present numbness in the extremities half an hour after applying the vaccine and later convulsed Photo: (Screenshot Facebook)

After applying the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19, Karla Cecilia Pérez Osorio, who is a doctor in Coahuila, presented adverse reactions, for which she had to be transferred to a hospital in Monterrey.

So far his state of health is stable, although relatives affirmed that He came to present seizures and paralysis in his limbs.

It was on December 30 that the doctor applied the vaccine like hundreds of colleagues to protect herself from the coronavirus before her work in front of the pandemic, However 12 hours later he began to have adverse symptoms.

The doctor's cousin asked Zoé Robledo, director of the IMSS, for help to be treated in a high specialty hospital due to the severity of her case Photo: (Facebook screenshot)
The doctor’s cousin asked Zoé Robledo, director of the IMSS, for help to be treated in a high specialty hospital due to the severity of her case Photo: (Facebook screenshot)

Karla Cecilia, 32, works as an internist at the General Hospital of Zone No. 7, in the municipality of Monclova and at first her relatives begged that she be transferred to a specialty hospital so that she could be treated properly.

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“Adverse effects: paralysis of the arms and legs, in addition to frequent seizures. Please she is grave, she was providing help in this pandemic, we cannot leave her alone, he needs help ”, says the publication of relatives.

The information indicated that Pérez Osorio was evaluated by a neurologist and transverse myelitis was detectedTherefore, hours later, it was decided to transfer her to the High Specialty Medical Unit No. 25 of the IMSS, in Monterrey, Nuevo León.

The family clarified that it is not about causing panic about the vaccine but about seeking help for Karla Photo: (Screenshot Facebook)
The family clarified that it is not about causing panic about the vaccine but about seeking help for Karla Photo: (Screenshot Facebook)

Given the case, the IMSS announced in a statement that the transfer of the doctor to Monterrey was for security reasons and that her health is good, so only the third-level monitoring and care protocol is followed.

The #IMSSCoahuila reports that after the application of the # VacunaCOVID19, a doctor from the HGZ No. 7 of #Monclova presented an adverse reaction and for safety she was transferred to a UMAE in Nuevo León for follow-up; her state of health is good, it is FALSE that she has been intubated ”.

However, relatives maintain for their part that the doctor’s state of health is reserved.

Karla was later transferred to the High Specialty Medical Unit No. 25 of the IMSS, in Monterrey, Nuevo León Photo: (Facebook screenshot)
Karla was later transferred to the High Specialty Medical Unit No. 25 of the IMSS, in Monterrey, Nuevo León Photo: (Facebook screenshot)

In the statement, the IMSS also reported that since the start of the vaccination against COVID-19 in Coahuila last Monday, 1,609 doses have been applied to IMSS personnel in the entity and they have presented two cases of “mild” adverse reactions, that of Pérez Osorio and another of a specialist from the General Hospital of Zone No. 1, who was under surveillance for an hour and was discharged, remaining in good condition.

The internist doctor from Orizaba, Karla Cecilia Pérez Osorio, was the first doctor in the country to present a negative reaction serious to the Pfizer vaccine that began to be applied in Coahuila.

One of her cousins ​​requested support on Facebook from the director of the IMSS, Zoe Robledo, through social networks so that the doctor was treated correctly. It transpired that was transferred to the Unit of High Medical Specialty # 25 of Monterrey for better care. The relative stated that they do not seek to discredit the vaccine or the IMSS, which only wanted to spread their request for help.

A member of the medical staff gestures as she receives the first injection of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer / BioNtech, in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 27, 2020. REUTERS / Edgard Garrido
A member of the medical staff gestures as she receives the first injection of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer / BioNtech, in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 27, 2020. REUTERS / Edgard Garrido

Let us remember that the vaccine is still being investigated and it is estimated that could cause adverse reactions in 1 in 100,000 people; Reactions can be very mild to severe, depending on multiple allergy factors in patients.

“Has a history of allergy to Trimethoprim”: SS

On the night of this Friday, January 1, the Ministry of Health issued a statement explaining the evolution of the doctor.

He detailed that presented a skin rash, seizures, decreased muscle strength and respiratory distress within half an hour after application. The reaction was detected within the specific observation area of ​​the vaccination cell in which the doctor received her vaccine.

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In this regard, “the Secretariat announces that it is already studying the case to determine the direct cause of the condition presented by the doctor. The initial diagnosis is encephalomyelitis under studyIt is reported stable, without the presence of seizures in the last hours ”.

The doctor has a history of allergy to Trimethoprim with sulfamethoxazole, which can cause serious symptoms and even death and is characterized, among other things, by skin rashes, angioedema and anaphylactic reaction.

With the scientific evidence available from clinical trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, no person had previously developed encephalitis after the application of the vaccine.

Health authorities represented by the General Directorate of Epidemiology and the National Center for Childhood and Adolescent Health (Censia) are investigating the case together with the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), under the ESAVI protocol: Supposedly Attributable Events to Vaccination and Immunization, established by the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris).

The doctor is under observation and treatment by specialists in critical medicine to reduce the brain inflammation presented. Intensive specialized treatment will continue based on steroids and anticonvulsants to reduce the risk of sequelae.

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