Ocean Springs man is paralyzed after receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccine


OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WJTV) – A normal day turned tragic for the family of Brad Malagarie after he received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. Just hours after receiving the vaccine, Malagarie was found unresponsive in his office. The Ocean Springs man was rushed to the hospital, and doctors told the family a blood clot in his cerebral artery caused a stroke.

Malagarie’s family said the 43-year-old is now paralyzed and is unable to talk or walk. His aunt, Celeste O’Keefe, said the only health issues he has is high blood pressure.

Nationwide, there have been 6 women who suffered rare blood clots after taking the J&J vaccine. One woman had died. The United States has now paused the use of the J&J vaccine and an investigation is underway.

O’Keefe said their family is telling Brad’s story to protect others. 

“If we can save someone else the pain that these seven children are going through, that’s what needs to happen,” said O’Keefe. 

According to the family, Malagarie has been making small progress. He is now able to swallow and sit up in a chair. Doctors said his recovery could take more than a year. To help with medical expenses, the family created a fundraiser on Facebook.

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) released a statement:

The Mississippi State Department of Health is saddened to hear about the recent illness of Mr. Malagarie and wishes him well.

The Agency is certainly investigating the situation. It is difficult, if not impossible, to assign a cause and effect at this time.

It is important to note that strokes are not associated with this vaccine – instead a rare clotting syndrome has been identified. Further, adverse reaction has been cited between six and 13 days after the vaccine was administered.

Of the six noted cases all are women between the age of 18 and 38.

Yesterday (Tuesday), the Mississippi State Department of Health paused all administration of the J and J vaccine until further guidance from the FDA.”


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