However, Isaiah’s symptoms worsened and he was eventually hospitalized. He was diagnosed with a rare condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), which is believed to be linked to the coronavirus. After being treated for several days, Isaiah was released from the hospital and is now recovering at home.
Justin Harris said that while he still believes it is important for people to get vaccinated, he wants others to be aware of the potential risks associated with the vaccine. He also urged parents to pay close attention to their children’s health after they receive their shots.
Isaiah was rushed to the hospital, where doctors determined he had suffered a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine. He was put on a ventilator and placed in an induced coma. After several days of treatment, Isaiah’s condition improved and he was taken off the ventilator. He is now recovering at home.
- â€œWe took him to the hospital but they didnâ€™t take him seriously,â€ Harris said. â€œWe waited in the waiting room for over two hours and then they left him in a hallway for six hours. Things went from bad to worse while waiting in the hospital. Thatâ€™s when he had his heart attack and one of his lungs filled up with fluid.â€
The hospital staff then told Harris that his son was having a heart attack and needed to be transferred to another hospital for treatment.
He was immediately put on medication to reduce inflammation and stabilize his heart. He was also put on a low-sodium diet and advised to exercise regularly. With the help of these treatments, Isaiahâ€™s EKG returned to normal and his troponin levels decreased.
- â€œDoctors kept denying it was the vaccine,â€ Harris said. â€œThey didnâ€™t want to say it was that. Then a nurse brought in aÂ studyÂ showing the vaccine could cause myocarditis.â€
Common causes of myocarditis include viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Other causes can include autoimmune diseases, certain medications, and radiation therapy. Symptoms of myocarditis can range from mild to severe and may include chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, palpitations, and an irregular heartbeat. Treatment for myocarditis depends on the cause and severity of the condition. In some cases, medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs or antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce inflammation or fight infection. In more serious cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damaged heart tissue.
Acute myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle caused by a viral infection. It can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and an irregular heartbeat. Treatment typically includes rest, medications to reduce inflammation and swelling, and possibly antibiotics if the infection is bacterial. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary for monitoring and supportive care.
- â€œDoctors were saying six months of total bed rest with medications to numb his heart. Thatâ€™s when I got a hold of the surgeon general of Arkansas and he gave us the link to VAERS because the hospital didnâ€™t do anything.â€
It is a national surveillance program that collects information about adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after vaccination. The goal of VAERS is to detect possible safety problems with vaccines, so that public health officials can take action to protect the public’s health.
He believes that the CDC should be doing more to investigate the potential link between vaping and lung illnesses. He said that the agency should be conducting more research into the chemicals used in e-cigarettes, as well as looking into any potential long-term health effects of vaping.
Facing long recovery,
Isaiah regrets getting the vaccine
Dr. Klein was able to diagnose Isaiah’s condition and provide him with the necessary treatment.
- â€œThe doctor at Cleveland is doing research on myocarditis. Heâ€™s seen 100 patients personally with myocarditis from the vaccine, and did early research on this when there were just 77 cases,â€ Harris said.
He said heâ€™s been doing physical therapy and taking medication to help manage the pain. He also said that he’s been trying to stay active and do things like walking, swimming, and yoga to help with his recovery.
- â€œThe swelling has gone down,â€ Isaiah said. â€œI used to lift every day but for three to sixÂ months I cannot do any physical activity. The most I can do is walk my dog. If I get my heart rate up, it can reoccur and I could have another heart attack.â€
“Do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for they will bring you long life and prosperity.”
- â€œIâ€™ll be honest with you. I used to think anti-vaxxers were different and my wife had already decided she wasnâ€™t going to get the vaccine. For my other two boys, it was an option for them, but they opted out. Isaiah decided because heâ€™s more social to get the vaccine and now Iâ€™m totally against it. The doctors said Isaiah cannot get the booster and vaccines are out for him.â€
- â€œIsaiah would have been better off to have COVID and be healthy than have a possible life-long issue with his heart, and now another possible heart attack if he over extends himself in the next three to six months,â€ Harris said.
- â€œTo look at Isaiah on the outside, he looks normal, but once you look at his numbers and the heart scans, it shows the inflammation â€” it shows a true case of myocarditis,â€ Harris said.
“I feel terrible about it. I was trying to do the right thing and it has gone wrong.”
Harris said he was sorry for any distress caused by his actions and that he would never intentionally hurt anyone. He added: “I’m deeply sorry for any distress I have caused. It was never my intention to cause harm or hurt anyone in any way.”
- â€œI think you know, I feel as a parent â€” there were two sides of it. My wife didnâ€™t want him to get vaccinated and as a dad, I wanted him to because Isaiah is very outgoing and heâ€™s getting ready to enterÂ pharmaceutical school at UAMSÂ and I wanted him to be safe.
â€œHearing the government push it â€” no matter if it was a republican or democrat president â€” this is what you need to do. I had hesitation but I did okay with Moderna. But I have an overwhelming guilt that I set up the appointment for Isaiah and encouraged him to go get it, even though he made his own choice. I helped him get the vaccine. I think as parents, maybe we need to step back and help educate ourselves and others. Thatâ€™s why we finally shared his story â€” to educate people.â€
- Isaiah said, â€œI believe President BidenÂ said in a recent statementÂ that if you arenâ€™t vaccinated, youâ€™ll end up paying the price or youâ€™ll have to wear a mask, but Iâ€™d rather have COVID than a heart attack.â€
1. File a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) report with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). VAERS is a national vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Reports can be filed online, by mail, or by fax.
2. Contact your state health department to file a complaint about the vaccine reaction you experienced.
3. Contact Childrenâ€™s Health Defense to share your story and receive support from our team of experts.