Several teens and young adults in Connecticut reportedly suffer heart problems after CCP Virus (COVID-19) vaccine injection, according to acting health commissioner Dr. Deirdre Gifford.

“All of the cases that were reported to us were hospitalized, the vast majority for a couple of days,” Gifford spoke at the governor’s regular briefing on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus on Monday, May 24.

“One individual that we’re aware of is still hospitalized. The other 17 have been sent home and they’re doing fine,” he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigates reports of adolescents and young adults vaccinated against the CCP Virus experiencing heart problems, primarily myocarditis—inflammation of the heart muscle that usually occurs after certain infections.

The first reported case in Connecticut was a teenager named Gregory, who started suffering severe chest pain three days after receiving the 2nd shot. The situation was not getting better. It even led to back pain on the following day.
Gregory, 17, and his mom Rachel Hatton. May 26, 2021 (NBC Connecticut/Screenshot via TheBL)

After getting his blood and X-ray checked, the 17-year-old boy was told that he had pericarditis—an infection of the heart’s lining.

“They hooked him up to a heart monitor, did more EKGs, echocardiograms. Infectious disease actually came and ran their own set of blood work to try to figure out if it could have been caused by something else, some sort of infection, something else, like Lyme disease,” said Gregory’s mom, Rachel Hatton.

“They tested him for all sorts of things and one by one those tests came back negative,” Hatton recalled after her son was admitted to Connecticut Children’s in Hartford.

Gregory is currently unemployed, taking medicine, and wearing a heart monitor, according to Hatton.

In June, doctors will conduct another MRI to see if his condition improved. The previous MRI was done after doctors took in two more cases that emerged with identical symptoms.

“I don’t sleep—because I’m constantly—if I hear my son sneeze or if he sounds like he’s out of breath when I call him on my break at work, I get nervous because I just don’t know what else could happen. He basically has a heart condition now and it’s terrifying,” Hatton told Connecting You.

According to health officials, the confirmed cases tend to be moderate and usually begin four days after the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Symptoms of myocarditis include fatigue and chest pain along with arrhythmias (a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat) and, in the worst case, can lead to cardiac arrest.  

The CDC has not confirmed if the reported heart condition cases were linked with the CCP Virus vaccines.

So far, more than 161 million people nationally are vaccinated, and about 4.5 million of them are between the ages of 12 and 18. 

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said more than 600,000 U.S. children aged between 12 and 15 were vaccinated against CCP Virus last week during a briefing at the White House on Tuesday.

The recently reported cases of myocarditis have sparked concerns among health officials, and of course, also among parents who decided to vaccinate their children recently. 

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