COVID 19 Resources
Who is Rachael: Well she is our sister and our cousin, but she is so much more than that. Rachael is one of the hardest working people we know. She is a single mother of a beautiful little girl. She is motivated, independent, active and driven to constantly work hard and create a wonderful life for her and her daughter.
What happened? Rachael received her first COVID-19 Vaccine (Pfizer) on Wednesday, April 14th and woke up in a terrified state, in full-bodied paralysis at 1:30 am the next morning. She had to yell for her 3-year-old daughter Bristol to call for help. She was taken by ambulance to Jefferson Hospital where they treated her with oxygen, took a CT scan, and they then immediately sent her to Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) by ambulance. AGH ran several tests including blood work, a 2-hour MRI, and a Spinal tap. With all these tests and her medical history, she is a healthy 33-year-old and the only unknown is this vaccine. As things progressed, she was then taken to the Cleveland Clinic by ambulance. The Cleveland Clinic ran another gauntlet of tests and they confirmed she had a distress reaction from the vaccine that caused her nervous system to trigger paralysis. After the Cleveland Clinic, she was sent to in-house Acute Rehab at Jefferson Hospital. Through this time, Rachael regained feeling in her arms, but still lacks strength in her left arm. She has some strength in her left leg, but no strength in the right leg, and both of her legs have no sensational feeling. It’s hard to believe she went from being fit and active one day to not being able to walk now. Rachael is now home to work on these continued symptoms and challenges. While being home is what we all wanted, the road ahead still looks dark. She is set up at home with extensive in-home rehab with an occupational therapist, physical therapist, and an RN.
Luckily, Rachael is motivated and trying to remain positive so that she can hopefully someday be whole again. In the meantime, we ask for your help. She cannot work right now, and her disability policy has been rejected, stating that they do not have to cover this because this came from a vaccine that was not FDA approved
Please help one the biggest most giving people you could ever meet. Rachael will need help to cover her time off work, medical expenses, and daily expenses that she is accruing from all of this. We have no ETA as to what this will be long term, so we can only plan for today. Our hope is to raise enough money to cover her medical expenses and her loss of income until she is healed and able to get back work.
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