USA Jab Injury – Ellie, From USA

By Jab Injuries Global

Ellie, USA

In early 2021, my work mandated us to be double vaccines. As a healthy and fit eighteen-year-old with a clear health history, I got the vaccine. I thought that I would never be the one to experience an adverse reaction. However, I was dreadfully wrong.

On the 31st of March 2021, I received my first AstraZeneca vaccine. Fourteen days later, thinking I was reaction free, I noticed these red pinpoint dots on my lower legs.

On April 15th 2021, I raised my concerns with my GP. I was sent home without any answers and instead swabbed for COVID-19, that came back negative because a rash can be a rare COVID-19 symptom.

On April 18th 2021, I noticed a tight throbbing and pulsating feeling on my right calf. As a precaution, I went to the emergency department. I had an ultrasound done, but no blood clot was found. So, I was discharged and told to see a GP if the pain continued.

On April 30th 2021, I suffered a severe headache over three days causing blurred vision and dizziness. However, after listening to the doctors at my last emergency department visit, I believed that I wasn’t having an adverse reaction to the vaccine and ignored the headaches.

On May 7th 2021, I started getting a weird painful feeling around my collarbones when breathing. I tried to ignore the pain for a couple of days, but it was consistent and uncomfortable.

On May 9th 2021, I was still having the chest pain. My body was suddenly overcome with body aches all over. It was about 7pm and the pains started abruptly in an instant from feeling nothing to one hundred. I was hysterically crying and unable to move. Luckily, I was out in public at the time where there are first aid trained individuals on site who cared for me.

I saw a GP on May 10th 2021 who diagnosed me with pneumonia shown by a chest x-ray. I received scripts for antibiotics.

On May 11th 2021,l I went to the emergency department again as I was still in excruciating pain and began couching up blood. However, I was discharged with vital signs and an ECG being the only observations conducted. My symptoms were ignored, and the doctor had actually mentioned that she hadn’t had time to look into my case but was happy to discharge me home with no pain relief because the pain relief would slow my pneumonia recovery. After my diagnosis, a Ryan’s Rule was called about this.

On May 13th 2021, there had been no change. I was coughing blood, couldn’t lay down flat without coughing frantically, had a mild headache, chest pain, fever, and shortness of breath. I went to a GP again, who was amazing, and took one glimpse at me and immediately called an ambulance to pick me up. I had Sp02 of 89% and was put on oxygen straight away. The GP wrote a letter to pass onto the emergency department that stated my symptoms and said that further investigation is required. I had a CT scan that revealed three blood clots, one lung and pneumonia. I had an extremely low platelet blood count and my d-dimer result was high.

I was diagnosed with VITT — vaccine induced thrombosis and thrombocytopenia.

Thrombosis: blood clots blocking the flow of blood.

Thrombocytopenia: low blood platelets.

Throughout my whole experience with the vaccine, I felt ignored and dismissed on multiple occasions. I was told: “You’re young and healthy” and that: “It’s unlikely you would be suffering a vaccine reaction.” It’s a shame on the health system that such a serious health condition can be easily missed. I am truly lucky to be here today to tell my story because there have been so many lives lost by VITT, but I have lost my trust in receiving healthcare. I am scared for my future self that if I ever get sick, my health conditions will be missed, disregarded, or misdiagnosed.

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