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Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey reach out to Desiree Jennings

Celebrity-backed autism organization Generation Rescue offers help to flu vaccine victim

Generation RescueThe whole world has followed the tragic story of 25-year-old cheerleader, Desiree Jennings, who became famous after a seasonal flu shot in late August left her with a rare neurological disorder called dystonia which causes body jerks, convulsions, and abnormal or repetitive movements, among other symptoms. She now has problems walking, talking, and eating and her health condition has progressively worsened.

Ten days after she received the shot she came down with flu-like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, body aches, fever). Then for a week she became lethargic and later began blacking out.

“I was hoping for Lyme, praying for lupus, even Graves’ disease,” she said. “Unfortunately they were all ruled out.”

After seeing a slew of physicians, doctors at Johns Hopkins finally diagnosed her, giving her a dismal prognosis; dystonia is known to be a permanent, lifelong affliction.

Enter Generation Rescue. Actress and autism activist Jenny McCarthy cried after seeing video footage of the vaccine victim said Stan Kurtz, president of the organization. They knew they had to get involved: “We happen to be very good at handling vaccine injury – we’ve got a lot of doctors that have experience in doing that. So our doctors and our resources are completely available to her. We’re going to do everything we can to give her a lot of options to help take care, to help recover her from this condition as best we can.”

All we can say is “Go, go, go!!” We are sending our deepest and most heartfelt wishes that Generation Rescue can help recover this beautiful and courageous young woman who has a lifetime ahead of her. Learn more in the video below:

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  • Rogers Hartmann

    November 1, 2009 at 11:02 am

    GENERATION RESCUE is no longer attached to this “news” story. And FOX TV has backpedaled on what they reported.

    So, your website is incorrect.

    Thought you should know.

  • earthwalker

    November 1, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Wow, thank you for posting. I had no idea, how strange. The video clearly showed all parties stating this. I will look into it further. Many thanks, Julie

  • earthwalker

    November 1, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I could not find any retractions about this…but I did see that Generation Rescue removed the page they had set up for Desiree Jennings here:

    A Google search showed me the cached version:

    I will keep searching for information (I emailed Generation Rescue directly) and will post an update as soon as I can confirm anything.

  • John

    November 3, 2009 at 8:12 am

    The neurological community has come out pretty much of one voice on this, and stated that it looks more likely that her condition is psychogenic than neurological. Dystonia is diagnosed primarily through looking at someone’s movements, so is one of those rare conditions which can actually be diagnosed from watching a video of the sufferer, and Desiree Jennings’ symptoms do not fit with a diagnosis of this condition.

    A psychogenic condition is every bit as real, and can be every bit as debilitation as a neurological one, but the treatment is not going to be the same. If she is being steered towards chelation, or similar, instead of towards an appropriate professional, then her chances of recovery are going to be compromised.

  • earthwalker

    November 3, 2009 at 10:05 am

    My response to that would have to be that the neurological community is psychogenic. That is completely inane for anyone to say her reaction to the flu vaccine was psychiatric in nature. My God, have you seen the videos?! Do you really think psychological counseling will fix the obvious brain injury she received? All I can say is thank God Generation Rescue has offered to help. If what you say is true about the neuro community (it would be helpful to have links to reports because I have not heard this myself) then Generation Rescue is the only sane voice. I am absolutely disgusted. Whoever says she is psychosomatic should be ashamed of themselves. What emotional duress you will put her through on top of all she is dealing with is criminal and someone should go to jail for it. Enough is enough already.

  • anonymous

    November 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    So is Generation Rescue back to supporting this young woman? Because it seemed like they’d withdrawn from the case. I’d like to know what their ultimate take is on this, considering GR works with the most notable experts in the field of neurological damage caused by vaccines.

  • earthwalker

    November 4, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I don’t have an answer yet. I searched more than once to try to find any report that they withdrew their support but could not find anything anywhere. If you have a link to something, please post it. I emailed them and also called their hotline on Sunday but they have not responded to my inquiries yet. I will try again but I assume they are busy fielding lots of questions…I will report again when I have something in writing…

  • earthwalker

    November 5, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I just checked their site and the page for Desiree Jennings is back up:

    There seems to be no retraction that they are supporting her. If anyone sees a report to the contrary please post a link here. Thanks!

  • Pants On Fire

    November 9, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Umm, Generation Rescue has this story on their home page. Whatever, liar.

  • desirrenotrealeither

    September 6, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Is anyone surprised? Jenny McCarthy couldn’t even handle her own son’s seizure disorder/ She had to turn it into a money making adventure for herself! She hijacked the autism label, though her child, according to even Time Magazine, probably NEVER had autism. This chick is perhaps one of the most manipulative bimbos to ever infiltrate the autism community. RUN Jim. Run. You deserve much better! This moron McCarthy is out of your league. She’s only with someone so long as they can bring her something. Too bad she isn’t in it for her son, who spends most his time with nannies, while Jenny gets facials, massages, has a personal trainer, driver, bodyguard, talant agency, stupid lying publishers and parasite professionals who feign they know something about autism, the autism her son never had. This is such a JOKE! No disprespect to her son. He’s a doll. But he never had autism.

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