Exclusive Interview: Mom Whose 14-Year-Old Son Developed Myocarditis After Pfizer Vaccine No Longer Trusts CDC, Public Health Officials


by Megan Redshaw, Childrens Health Defense:

In an interview with The Defender, Emily Jo said when health officials push the vaccines it’s “we’re all in this together,” but when you follow their advice and you’re injured by a vaccine, you’re on your own.

Aiden Jo, 14, is spending his freshman year of high school sitting alone on the sidelines because he can’t engage in any physical activity, his mother said.

When most kids are in gym class, Aiden is resting in an effort to keep his heart rate lowered, after being diagnosed with heart inflammation doctors say he developed after receiving Pfizer’s COVID vaccine.

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In an exclusive interview with The Defender, Emily Jo, Aiden’s mother, said before her son got the vaccine, she was led to believe his chance of suffering an adverse reaction was “one in a million.”

Aiden, from Georgia, received his first dose of Pfizer on May 12. He had no history of COVID or pre-existing conditions except for asthma. “We were one of the first ones, and I believe that may have been the day the CDC cleared it,” Jo said.

On June 10, several days after his second dose, Aiden woke his mother up at 4:30 a.m. because his chest hurt and he couldn’t breathe.

Jo said she was aware of the potential side effect of heart inflammation, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it was very rare and mild.

“What they didn’t explain is that mild means hospital care and follow-up care indefinitely,” Jo said.



Jo took her son to an emergency room in Atlanta, where the CDC has its headquarters. The ER doctor first asked whether Aiden had his vaccine, then tested his troponin level to see if his heart muscle had been damaged. Doctors also ran an EKG.

After both tests came back as abnormal, Aiden was admitted to the acute cardiac unit.

The first night Aiden stayed in the hospital his troponin number quadrupled overnight. Aiden’s mother said the cardiologist reported it to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS I.D. 1396660), and was in contact with the CDC multiple times during his four-day hospital stay.

“They determined that yes, he met the criteria of having post-vaccine myocarditis,” Jo said.

“The biggest problem is they [CDC] are not explaining what mild myocarditis means,” Jo said. “Aiden’s cardiologist told us no case of myocarditis is ‘mild.’ That’s like saying a heart attack is mild.”

Jo said her son gets very tired easily and his recovery will be a long process.

“He can’t do any physical activity, no recess, no PE, he has to have more time to go between classes until he has a cardiopulmonary stress test that shows his heart can handle the stress,” she said.

Jo, who said she’s been the target of animosity from anti-vaxxers for vaccinating her son, and now from pro-vaxxers for telling her son’s story of vaccine injury, said the guilt is eating her up.

“I was one of those jerks who was like, ‘Oh it’s your fault. You’re the reason everybody needs to get vaccinated,’ so this has flipped everything for me upside down,” Jo said.

Jo said all her kids are fully vaccinated and she was one of the most trusting advocates of the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) — until her son experienced his vaccine injury.

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