A “perfectly healthy” 21-year-old woman’s life has changed forever after being rushed to hospital after suddenly experiencing seizures – some day up t to 100 episodes. Doctors have not ruled out that the unknown condition could be related to the Covid-19 vaccine.
In just two months, Mollie Brown, 21, has stayed in hospitals in Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Hull and London as doctors try to find a diagnosis. At one point, Mollie was put into an induced coma as she was experiencing repeated seizures.
Her family have now been left desperate and mum Rosemarie Brown has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the ongoing care that Mollie will likely require when she is eventually discharged from hospital.
While Mollie’s illness continues to be investigated, the Government’s scientific regulators have stressed vaccinations continue to be “the single most effective way to reduce deaths and severe illness from Covid”.
Rosemarie told Grimsby Live Mollie suffered a sudden medical episode on February 7 when her eyes started to sting.
She said: “It was just a normal day, nothing unusual. She’d been out walking her brother’s dogs which she does every day. She came home, she’d had tea, we were sat watching TV, and she just said, ‘Oh, my eyes feel a bit stingy’, so I told her to take her glasses off and give her eyes a rest. So she did that and then she came through to the kitchen to get something to eat and within a minute, she put her arm up in the air and said, ‘Why is my arm doing that?’ We thought she was messing about, because it was just out of the blue. And then she went straight into a seizure.
“I dialled 999 and they arrived within seven minutes. They took her to the hospital and she had another seizure in the ambulance on the way, and they were doing some tests in A&E. She was very drowsy, she was put straight onto some drugs to stop her having more seizures and they didn’t really know what was wrong. With Covid, I was only allowed to stay with her for about half an hour. I came home and went up the next day but I wasn’t allowed to see her because she was still in A&E. She was moved onto the High Dependency Unit, and when I saw her you could tell she was on drugs. It wasn’t Mollie.
“Her right arm was twitching and I thought she was going to have another seizure, but she didn’t. She was transferred to Scunthorpe that night as they think she had a stroke. When I went to see her, the whole right side of her body was just constantly twitching. She was hooked up on lots of medication and nobody could really explain to me what was happening. She was really out of it and couldn’t speak a lot.
“We visited her on the Friday and she just kept on having seizures, and I heard the doctor say, ‘That one lasted for two-and-a-half minutes’. So they mentioned it to another doctor and that’s when they had to put her into an induced coma. She stayed in that for 12 days. When they were trying to bring her round, she couldn’t breathe and her oxygen levels kept falling. But eventually they brought her round and I was allowed to see her.
“She was very out of it, she thought she’d been in a car accident. They managed to get her stable enough to move her to a normal ward in Hull, because they then said they didn’t think she’d had a stroke. She was eventually put onto a neurology ward in Hull until mid-March, but then she had to go to London and she was there for a couple of weeks in intensive care. They didn’t know why she kept having seizures. They’ve done every test possible – they’ve done lumbar punctures, MRI scans, CAT scans, and each time they did an MRI scan it was changing.”
Rosemarie said doctors then decided to perform genetic testing on Mollie, and the family are now waiting for the results. This could take between three and six months.
She continued: “They’ve got no idea what it is. Watching it all and no-one telling you what was happening, it was horrendous. All we were told is that they thought she’d had a stroke, which has weakened the right side of her body. All they can say now is that they think she’s got epilepsy on the left side of her brain, but they want to wait for the genetic test results to come back. They are calling it a disease – but they don’t know what the disease is.
Some doctors have also suggested her medical condition could be linked to her recent Covid vaccinations.
“But Mollie had her Covid vaccinations and [the doctors] can’t rule it out. They haven’t said it is, and they haven’t said it isn’t. One doctor said it’s highly possible.
“She’s on 12 different lots of medication and the doctor said she’ll be on them for at least the next three years. She can’t walk because she’s been in bed all that time. She’s talking absolutely fine, Mollie is still there. But the drugs she’s on could possibly be making her a little bit high, she just kind of laughs at anything. She hasn’t had a seizure in two weeks now, which is good.”
Rosemarie said the family are hoping to raise £10,000 to fund private physiotherapy and care to ensure Mollie leads as normal a life as possible. So far, they have raised over £2,500.
“We haven’t got a clue how much it’s all going to cost yet. With her being 21, she needs as much pushing as possible. I don’t want her in hospital for the next three months, that’s not Mollie. We just don’t know how all this could happen, she’d never had a seizure in her life. She was never poorly, very rarely got a cold.
“To see the funds go up so quick, we really couldn’t believe it. People we don’t even know are donating and it’s really strange to see. It just goes to show that there are people out there who do actually care,” Rosemarie said.
A spokesperson for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said of the possible link to the Covid vaccine: “Vaccination is the single most effective way to reduce deaths and severe illness from COVID-19. A national immunisation campaign has been underway since early December 2020.
“All vaccines and medicines have some side effects. These side effects need to be continuously balanced against the expected benefits in preventing illness.
“Following widespread use of these vaccines across the UK, the vast majority of suspected adverse reaction reports confirm the safety profile seen in clinical trials. Most reports relate to injection-site reactions (sore arm for example) and generalised symptoms such as a ‘flu-like’ illness, headache, chills, fatigue, nausea, fever, dizziness, weakness, aching muscles, and rapid heartbeat. Generally, these reactions are not associated with more serious illness and likely reflect an expected, normal immune response to the vaccines.
“The expected benefits of the vaccines in preventing COVID-19 and serious complications associated with COVID-19 far outweigh any currently known side effects. As with all vaccines and medicines, the safety of COVID-19 vaccines is continuously monitored and benefits and possible risks remain under review.”
You can donate to the GoFundMe page here.