LAS VEGAS (KSNV) –A Las Vegas man was partially paralyzed, losing his vision and the ability to go one day…
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) –
A Las Vegas man was partially paralyzed, losing his vision and the ability to go one day after receiving a flu shot.
He has been hospitalized for the last 2 weeks. At one point he even went to a fan and in the ICU and his family blamed the flu foot.
Shane Morgan went from perfectly healthy to not be able to talk, go or breathe on his own.
At the beginning of November, Shane and his wife Monique as most couples planned for the holiday, and with family and young infants who came to town, decided to get the flu boots.
“About 36 hours after he got the flu, he began to get sick,” Monique said, sitting next to her husband in his hospital bed.
Shane started complaining that he could not feel his legs or arms so his wife rushed him to Centennial Hills Hospital where he spent 4 days on a fan in the ICU.
Doctors started treating Shane for Guillain-Barre syndrome, also known as GBS.
It is a rare disease in which human immune systems damage their nervous cells, in some cases become fatal.  Morgan says that they are sure that the flu is what triggered.
“I never dreamed that something of this would ever happen,” said Shane from his hospital bed.
According to the CDC, there is a link between the flu and GBS, but it is extremely rare. Statistics show that 1 to 2 people develop GBS from influenza virus per 1 million vaccination.
Officials at the Southern Nevada Health District say that the risk of developing GBS is actually higher if you catch the flu.
“The benefit of the influenza vaccine strongly contemplates something particularly rare as this may happen,” says Fermin Leguen, chief health officer.
But for Morgans, it’s just not worth risking.
“He’s taking the flu ten to one, says Monique.
Shane interrupted saying, “I would take the flu shot three times a year than having to do this once in a lifetime.”
They say nobody in their family will get the flu shot ever again.
Health says that this story should not discourage people from getting the flu, they say it saves lives.
Morgan has a long way in front of them, they have created a GoFundMe account for to help with their expenses.