Greenville Man Gets Violently Ill After Getting H1N1 Vaccine

Paralyzed from head-to-toe. That's the condition of one young man from Greenville, after his family says he took something that was supposed to keep him healthy.

Cerella Coda struggles to see her son James paralyzed.

James Coda Jr. has been hospitalized since February with Gillian-Barre.

A severe disease that attacks the nervous system.

Coda is an ECU graduate and a teacher at the Oakwood School in Greenville.

Cerella says her son received the H1N1 vaccine in January and about a week later he got violently ill.

James' parents believe the H1N1 flu mist, administered in their son's nose, is the reason their 25-year-old son is paralyzed.

The Coda's say doctors are not exactly sure if the flu mist caused James' condition.

But, according to the CDC, Guillain-Barre can be a rare side-effect of the H1N1 flu vaccine.


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  • by Mark Location: Sarasota, Florida on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    I was diagnosed with GBS on Oct 17, 2009. I was released from the hosptial Dec 5, 2009. With some work to do. But I am doing Great. My point being is they say "You will Get better". My heart goes out to him. FRIENDS & FAMILY: help when he gets home, alot of exercise! I DID NOT HAVE ANY VACCINATIONS! GBS comes to us for many different reasons and has yet to be pin pointed. http://www.gbs-cidp.org/ you will find alot of usefull help and information here. Good Luck
  • by friend Location: Greenville, NC on Mar 29, 2010 at 07:18 AM
    He received the vaccination from the Pitt County Health Department. It was administered free of charge at Oakwood for employees.
  • by friend on Mar 29, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    He got the vaccine through Pitt County Health Department, given for free to employees on Oakwood campus.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2010 at 03:11 AM
    where did he get his vaccine? free press please answer who what where when why.
  • by TW Location: Wilson, NC on Mar 26, 2010 at 08:14 PM
    Praying for a quick and full recovery. I'm sure Mr. Coda has touched a lot of lives in his 25yrs and will live to touch many more.
  • by Deborah Location: Williamston on Mar 26, 2010 at 06:56 PM
    My uncle had this terrible illness 2 yrs ago. He also got the illness from a flu shot. It took him about a year and a half but he is better and is now back to doing what he likes to do. He did have to go to Britthaven nursing home in Washington NC for a period of time to learn how to walk again. They did a wonderful job and the nusing staff was just wonderful. This is a terribe illness but you do get better. I am going to talk to my uncle about visiting the Coda family and hopefully this will help them to see that their son can get better. I have taken the flu shot one time before all of this happened and I will never take it again and I advise people not to take it. There may be a slim chance that they will get GBS, but after seeing what it did to my uncle it is not worth it. I would rather have the flu.
  • by To: Me on Mar 26, 2010 at 10:32 AM
    The Redskins cheerleader is diagnosed with Dystonia, a similar disease, but not Gullian-Barre. She also contracted Dystonia from a seasonal flu shot, not the H1N1. But, yes that video is equally as disturbing and it's quite interesting that these diseases are even a possibility, despite how rare. Thanks Dave Marcheskie and WITN for doing this story!
  • by OJ Location: Battleboro on Mar 26, 2010 at 10:32 AM
    I was treated for a sinus & ear infection the last Monday in January. The following Sunday I was admitted to Pitt and diagosed with GBS. My body was totally immobile, but I never lost the ability to breathe. I responded well to treatment and am now at home. I am optimistic about my chances for a full recovery. I have strong family support and the daily prayers of many Christians. I am 63 years old and have been treated for infections throughout my life. This time my body reacted to the infection with a radical difference. To the Cody Family, don't be discouraged. Celebrate each victory (however small). Be aware that what works today may not work tomorrow. My abilities are not always consistent. I have learned patience I only dreamed about in the past! You are now on my prayer list. My request is for a complete recovery.
  • by concerned Location: greenville, nc on Mar 26, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    a lady i know in enc had something very similar, she was paralized from her waist down after having the flu shot, I don't remember which one, or if she had both. she basically had to relearn to use her legs, and she is still struggling many months later. I'd rather take my chances with the flu!
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 26, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    I have never had a flu shot before or ever intend to get one. Thoughts and prayers go out to Coda and his family as they are going through a lot right now. I pray for a speedy recovery for him so he can get back to what he likes to do.
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