As pressure mounts for people to get a vaccine for the COVID virus, stories of side effects are causing concern among the population, especially the story of a young man in top health, who now suffers from a blood clot to the brain, which could put his future in peril.
“The day after his COVID-19 vaccine shot, 17-year-old Everest Romney felt his neck swelling. In the coming days, he suffered from severe headaches,” ABC4 reported on Tuesday.
His mother, who tells ABC4 the pediatrician initially dismissed the symptoms as a pulled neck muscle, says she was convinced it was something else.
Everest Romney plays basketball for Corner Canyon High School. The 6’9” 17-year-old sophomore has been at Primary Children’s Hospital for a week after being diagnosed with blood clots in his head.
According to his mom, Cherie Romney, he got the Pfizer vaccine April 21. That night he started to feel swelling and pain in his neck. Days later he got extreme migraines, so she took him to the emergency room.
She said before the shot, he was 100 percent healthy, playing and practicing basketball.
“There was nothing wrong with him. Nothing. He didn’t have a sore throat (or) any injury,” said Cherie Romney. “If I had known, I would have never [gotten the shot], but so many people have and they have had no problems. I would tell everyone, and I’m trying to tell myself, we can only make the decisions with the information we have at the time. There has been a lot of vaccines given and there has been a lot of good, so it’s an individual decision.”
“He could not move his neck without the assistance of his hands,” says mother Cherie Romney.
Romney told the news that after increasing symptoms that lasted for a week, Doctors finally checked on her son and found” two blood clots inside his brain, and one on the outside”.
Romney’s mother tells ABC4 she can’t yet say whether the shot caused Everest to suffer like this. Perhaps, she says, it was a “perfect storm.” Her son plays competitive basketball seven days a week, which means high contact physical activity that could have possibly aggravated the swelling caused by the vaccine.
The news comes at the same time that states are starting to push the vaccine on to younger and younger Americans.
“Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that Arkansans age 12 and older are eligible to get the Pfizer vaccine. The FDA authorized that use of the vaccine Monday,” local Arkansas media reported.
KSLV TV reported on the story and said:
Everest Romney spoke to KSL TV from his hospital bed, and said he believed the vaccine did play a role.
“I think that it caused the swelling and the swelling caused the clots. I don’t think that it was directly related, but indirectly the cause of the clots,” he said.
Officials at Primary Children’s Hospital referred KSL to the Utah Department of Health, which sent a statement.
To date, there has been no evidence that either of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) cause the extremely rare blood clotting issues that have been confirmed with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.