Lippy was diagnosed with severe blood clots that subsequently sent most of her organs into failure. She also was left without most of her small intestine — and with crippling medical bills that she said the federal government should compensate her for.
Lippy’s case was one of the six that led federal agencies to temporarily pause the J&J shot in mid-April. Her blood clots developed in March. She was hospitalized for 33 days, including 22 days of intensive care.
Lippy now is in occupational and physical therapy, and is working to regain basic functions, such as walking 20 minutes at a time or climbing stairs. She had to relearn fine motor skills, including writing and using a fork, and she had to relearn how to walk. She is reliant on total parenteral nutrition (TPN), a feeding method that bypasses the gastrointestinal tract.
Part of her road to recovery includes figuring out how to pay her extensive medical bills, which add up to more than $1 million.Woman Who Nearly Died After J&J Vaccine Stuck With $1 Million Medical Bill, Says Government Should Pay | The Most Revolutionary Act