Jummai Nache (pictured) contracted COVID-19 in the days after she received the second shot of a vaccine. Complications from the virus led to her needing both legs amputated
Jummai Nache, a medical assistant from Minneapolis, received the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on February 1.
A few days later on February 6, her husband, Philip, took her to urgent care after she felt chest pains.
A day later, she tested positive for COVID-19, and her condition quickly deteriorated, leading to hospitalization and eventual amputation.
Philip is now searching for answers to the true cause of his wife’s condition.
‘Jummai and I were shocked when we received the result that she was Covid-19 positive because she had not manifested any symptom before taking the shot,’ Philip wrote in a letter attached to a GoFundMe for the couple.
‘But we later accepted that perhaps, the virus and the vaccine together contributed to the adverse reaction on her body based on the report of the Infectious Disease physician that Jummai was asymptomatic.’
In the letter, Philip goes into detail about the conditions his wife suffered, and the months of work with medical experts he undertook to figure out what exactly happened.
Philip Nache (right) is searching for answers after his wife was hospitalized, and later required amputation, after getting vaccinated in February
He said that his wife suffered from an arterial blood clot, respiratory disease, cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), anemia, ischemia and multiple inflammatory syndrome (MIS) – a condition where multiple organs in the body become inflamed.
She was placed on a ventilator on February 14.
Jummai’s case was referred to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate.
After a virtual call that included 70 to 80 health experts from around the country, the CDC determined that COVID-19 and MIS combined were the cause of her complications, according to the GoFundMe page.
Jummai Nache will soon need her hands amputated as well, though her heart has fully recovered
The agency could not determine whether the vaccine played a role in her condition, however.
Philip is not satisfied with the CDC’s findings and still has questions.
He wonders why he himself did not contract COVID from his wife despite their close contact.
Philip says he also questions if the vaccine played a role in her condition, and if not, what exactly did the vaccine do within her body.
‘My experience on this journey has been so difficult but I can’t imagine the excruciating pain mentally, physically and emotionally that my wife is going through,’ he wrote.
‘I can only equate her experience and challenge with job’s experience and trial in the sense that the challenges have come in degrees, one after another.’
Jummai and Philip are Nigerian immigrants who came to America as church planters as part of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention (MWBC) in the Twin Cities.
The MWBC set up a GoFundMe for the couple, hoping to raise $500,000 to help pay for their medical expenses, expenses for prosthetic limbs and other adjustments the couple will have to make in their new life.
More than $100,000 has been raised for the couple as of Monday morning.
Philip reports that Jummai’s heart is fully healed.
‘We are grateful to God for His grace upon Jummai, the children and myself as we go through this unprecedented experience and the painful challenges! GOD KNOWS!’ Philip wrote.