Cody Flint is from Cleveland, MS and has been an aerial applicator for the past 15 years.
Flying has been his dream from the very beginning. Immediately after high school, Cody attended Ag-Flight, Inc. in Bainbridge, GA. Within 6 months, he had gained his commercial pilots license and over 250 flight hours. He then came home, ticket in hand, and quickly landed his dream ag flying job near his hometown at the age of 19. He has been flying at this same location since he began his career and has compiled over 10,000 total flight hours.
Cody married his wife in 2012 and has two young boys. Before his vaccine injury, he could be found playing with his boys, coaching baseball, fishing, or working in his yard. He has been very active, fit, and has never had any underlying conditions.
Feeling a sense of duty to his family, friends, and co-workers, Cody proudly received his first dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine on February 1st, 2021. His reaction began as a severe headache almost immediately following vaccination. Over the next 2 days, the pain became almost unbearable at the base of his skull. He had his first flying job of the year to do on February 3rd. After adhering to the 48 hour no-fly rule following vaccination imposed by the FAA, he flew his plane for about an hour before both of his inner ears ruptured due to brain swelling. These types of injuries are career ending for a pilot.
Subsequently, Cody was diagnosed with 2 perilymphatic fistulas, Eustachian tube disfunction, and highly elevated intracranial pressure. He has had 2 surgeries to repair the perilymphatic fistulas and multiple lumbar punctures to monitor his highly elevated intracranial pressure along the way. He can no longer fly and can’t renew his FAA medical that is required for all pilots to stay current due to the medications he is required to take. The Pfizer Covid vaccine has taken his career, his health, and time with his family.