Kendra Lippi, a healthy 38-year-old. Almost died this spring. After a severe blood clot suspected to be caused by Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, most of her organs have failed. She now faces a life without most of her small intestine. She wants to see a more complex and opaque federal compensation system for those suffering from COVID-19 vaccine injuries improve.
Her blood clot developed in March, before a potential serious side effect of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was published. She spent 33 days in the hospital while doctors tried to determine the cause. of the problem The treatment, which includes 22 days of intensive care, leaves Colorado Springs residents hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. She is anxiously awaiting the final uninsured care.
even though she has experience Lippies are not against the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I did the right thing,” she said. She wanted to be vaccinated to protect her older colleagues at her family’s Cheers Liquor Mart. and two handicapped men who were cared for by her parents as housing providers. She wants to return to travel and feels vaccination is an important step in that direction.
Now she’s focusing on getting back to normal. Before she got sick, she took a long walk. Go to the gym regularly and run around. with her 15-month-old grandson a week later in the hospital. She is in occupational therapy and physical therapy. By working to restore basic functions, such as walking 20 minutes at a time and climbing stairs at home.
Part of her path to recovery is federal compensation, which will cover her extensive medical expenses. She wants to see a fair federal compensation system for her and others. who suffer from rare complications from the COVID-19 vaccine
The current only option for those injured by the COVID-19 vaccine. is an Injury Compensation Program for Countermeasures. It is a system known for rejecting most applicants. Since 2010, the program has received 701 requests for compensation and financial benefits for 29 people. Currently, 210 claims are pending. According to information updated April 1 by the program.
As of Wednesday, the program received 152 claims related to the COVID-19 vaccine and 293 related to other treatments, said David Bowman, a spokesman for the U.S. Office of Health Resources and Services.
The administrative staff within the countermeasures program will decide who will benefit and review the appeal. The project’s website states that those accused of harm must file a lawsuit within a year of receiving the vaccine.
Stephen Justino, Lippi’s attorney, said: This project will not compensate anyone for non-economic damages such as pain, suffering. and disfigure
“It’s a very inadequate system,” he said.
Patients injured by measles, influenza and other common vaccines Compensation can be obtained through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, a system that provides open court proceedings. Compensation for pain and suffering and longer application period
Congress must take steps to provide a vaccine for COVID-19. Claims are made through a more transparent process, said attorney Renée Gentry, director of the Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic at George Washington University. Gentry said it was probably the easiest way to ensure the system was fair for people like Lippy.
The options available to those who need compensation may seem simple. But those without a lawyer may stumble upon filing deadlines and other technical matters, she said.
“It’s a program to file and lose,” she said.
She said a more transparent system offers compensation for lawyers. Therefore, it is much easier to get a professional representative.
The aristocracy expects Congress to eventually allow COVID-19 cases through a more transparent process. And her clinic is supporting change. But change may not happen in time to help people like Lippi. who were injured at the start of the vaccination, she said.
In order for the federal government to better process claims for COVID-19 vaccinations, they must be recommended for children and pregnant women and meet other specific criteria, Bowman said.
Because the Pfizer vaccine is already recommended for children 12 years and older, Gentry said, she expects the vaccine will eventually be recommended for most children and meet the criteria for another system.
However, stronger systems are facing a large backlog. With no claims about COVID-19, about 4,000 cases are pending, and only eight employers have settled on them, the military said. and one year to get opinions The system wants Congress to allow more judges, she said.
“It could be broken if we didn’t have more people,” she said.
Justino hopes Lippy’s story will help convince Congress to change the system to create a safety net for people who follow government advice and get vaccinated, he said.
“We should have a system that treats those who take risks that society wants them to do fairly,” he said.
For Lippy, who does not have any underlying disease Rare risks have become very real.
The first sign that Lippy’s vaccine is causing a problem is a headache, she said.
“It felt like a needle was pressing in my brain,” she said. “So I got off work early, went home, tried to rest and take a nap.”
a few days later She had severe stomach pain and started vomiting, she said. She was admitted to St Francis Hospital in mid-March. Before Johnson & Johnson’s blood clot became national news. And federal agencies have sent advice to doctors on how to treat it.
Doctors began treating her blood clots with heparin. Medicines that are appropriate for a doctor, however, can only aggravate the problem rather than alleviate it, said Ross Kedl, a professor of immunology and microbiology at the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine.
“That’s like giving her more poison,” he said.
during her time in the hospital The doctors were puzzled and tried to diagnose her condition. At one point they tried to determine if she had a blood disease, Lippy said.
Lippie was in a coma and most of her organs had failed. When doctors called for a meeting with her family to see if she wanted her care to continue, her mother Debbie Lippi recalls.
“I said, ‘She wants you to fight for her,'” Debbie Lippy said.
Debbie Lippy also advised doctors that the COVID-19 vaccine could cause her daughter to develop blood clots after hearing about a rare side effect in the news. That was an important first step in recovery and led to doctors eliminating heparin as part of treatment, she said.
“Since then All questions have been answered,” she said.
Lippy said she suspected her daughter was the seventh official case of severe thrombosis caused by the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that has been identified.
Lippy’s experience, though, was tragic. The fact that researchers were able to identify the role of Johnson & Johnson shooting was as quick as they did. It’s a testament to the quality of security audits, Kedl said.
“They found almost one in a million signals … to me that was good evidence that security checks were working effectively,” he said.
came back to her parents’ house, who was recuperating. Lippi is learning to live with a 90cm small intestine and working with a long-term diet specialist. Most intestines die without blood supply. and let her receive intravenous nutrition through her arm.
She hopes to return to work in the fall. At least she works part-time at Cheers Liquor Mart, where she’s the office manager. and the shop is taking care of her
“I’m not one to sit around,” Lippi said.