Greenville Man Says H1N1 Vaccine Paralyzed Him

One young man from Greenville is out of the hospital after being paralyzed from head to toe from a rare disease from what he says stemmed from an H1N1 vaccination.

James Coda Jr. Is taking some of his first steps outside with the assistance of a walker since being in critical condition in the hospital for three months after doctors diagnosed him with Guillen-Barre.

It's a rare disease that paralyzed the 25-year-old from head to toe.

Coda was released from the hospital on Wednesday and is now on the road to recovery.

But, this school teacher from Greenville says his life changed when he received the H1N1 vaccination.

The ECU grad says he hopes to be walking without the walker by the fall semester.

He plans to get another degree.

Doctors have never officially said what caused Coda's condition.

For more information on the James Coda Jr. Fund, contact jeco142@alumni.ecu.edu.


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  • by THE CODA FAMILY Location: FAYETTE CITY,PA on May 23, 2010 at 08:04 PM
    TO THE STAFF AND PERSONAL @ PCHM & THE REHAB UNIT AS WELL AS HIS FRIENDS AND WELL WISHERS WE DEEPLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME HOPING FOR A FAST RECOVERY FOR JAMES
  • by Dixiegirl929 Location: Tarboro on May 22, 2010 at 08:05 AM
    To Mr. Coda and his family. I do hope you get an excellent attorney and fight this to the end. He needs compensation for this tragic loss of his physical abilities. I do pray that he will make a full recovery but has the rest of his life to consider and I'm sure that the H1N1 triggered his paralysis. Please do not give up until you find an attorney that will fight for you. My prayers are with you.
  • by Renee Location: Here on May 22, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    I think we are going to be seeing alot more of this in the future! There was not enough time to test side effects and now that they are showing up, it seems they are trying to push it under the rug!
  • by james c. sr. Location: fayette city,pa on May 22, 2010 at 06:07 AM
    thanks to witn-tv and dave for doing this informative story about the effects of G.B.S. this was to let the public know not about money or anything else
  • by Endurance Swimmer Location: Greenville on May 21, 2010 at 10:47 PM
    I had the seasonal flu vaccine back last Oct. and the H1N1 vaccine this Jan., and never had any complications, thank goodness. Mr. Coda's was a rare reaction obviously, hope he makes a full recovery.
  • by Lisa Location: NJ on May 21, 2010 at 08:46 PM
    Lee, why is it that children should be forced to get vaccines that you think would be too dangerous for adults? Kids are now supposed to get 36 vaccines - that's 3 times more than when I was a kid. We need to advocate for the kids and stop adding more and more shots to the childhood schedule. This is the problem with vaccination mandates. Any medical procedure that could result in injury or DEATH should require informed consent. It should be a parent's choice when and which vaccines they get for their children and what risks they are willing to accept. Most importantly, parents need to know the potential side effects of vaccines - ask for the package inserts and READ THEM BEFORE your kids get shots. If you choose to do so, at least you will be able to identify a reaction if it occurs. Educate yourselves and advocate for parental rights and informed choice.
  • by to galbreath on May 21, 2010 at 07:03 PM
    I do apologize to you. However, I have the education and position to know the pros and cons of immunization. The pros far outway the cons. I face ambulance chasers each day in my profession.
  • by Lee on May 21, 2010 at 02:35 PM
    The "flu scare" was way overdone, as it is every year. Some vaccinations are needed, especially for children. However, for adults, there should be just a few that are used. It is important for the body to build up its own immunity and if we keep on injecting these excessive vaccines, it does more harm than good.
  • by galbreath on May 21, 2010 at 01:14 PM
    medical person is CRAZY....... this vaccine causes debilitating illnesses and neurological problems. I know first hand, get YOUR facts right med person
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on May 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM
    I have to agree with several posters here; that vaccine was too marketed/publicized/pushed on the public. The fear tactics they used did not make my family rush off to get that 'made from chicken embryos' shot. The flu shot is made the same way. Think for yourself; don't let the medical community think for you. Your right, Anon.; they do not make money from 'well people'.
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