I haven’t seen anything here on Desiree Jennings. Desiree Jennings works in marketing and was trying out to be a Redskins Cheerleader. She supposedly had dystonia caused by a flu shot, which left her unable to walk except if she walked backwards. At least, that’s how it was reported by the media even though she’s the only reported case, and doctors believed it was psychogenic. Here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh5F5wP8RdU
Well, now she’s on the road to recovery. (Youtube vid) Thankfully her illness lasted only long enough for her to get into the national news. She’s getting better, and she also has a suspiciously professional-looking website that talks about her case, which is sponsored by a company that sells hyperbaric chambers, and also links to her doctor who is a quack who injects people with urine. http://www.desireejennings.com
This article lays it out pretty well: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2009/11/desiree_jennings_cured.php?utm_source=networkbanner&utm_medium=link
I sent an email to the NBC Washington TV station since they’re the first hit if you Google her name, and also the Washington Post and Inside Edition. Hopefully someone will do some sort of follow-up. If nothing else, at least maybe the people who believed this wouldn’t believe her thing was permanent.