John O’Neill, A previously healthy father-of-two developed vaccine-induced immune thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (VITT) only nine days after he received his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in May, reports EssexLive.

John alongside his daughter Freya

The IT engineer from Essex was taken to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford in May after becoming “suddenly and violently” unwell shortly after receiving the jab. In the early hours the next morning, he suffered a stroke to the left-hand side of his brain which caused extensive brain damage, affecting his speech and communication.

It was later confirmed through several blood tests that the cause of the stroke was a result of a reaction to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The stroke has “trapped” John in his own body and it’s been an extremely difficult time for his wife, Vicky, and two children.

Vicky O’Neill, 38, is now a full-time carer for her husband John

Vicky said that her husband had done some research about the AstraZeneca vaccine and was concerned that his asthma put him more at risk of extremely rare blood clots as a result of the AZ vaccine. Vicki explained:

“On the day we had the vaccine, he said he’d have AZ and I’d have Pfizer so that at least the children will have one of us. I said ‘stop being silly’.

John gets very upset now, because what we were worried about has pretty much happened.”

Vicky had to break the devastating news to their two small children which has completely changed their young lives.

John was a fit and healthy father before he was vaccinated

Vicky said:

“He is very different to how he used to be and it’s a massive learning curve for us all still. That’s a big tough thing at the minute I think for the children, and for John because it is a struggle for him to communicate.

He finds it extremely difficult to socialize.”

The family has received an “overwhelming” response to the fundraiser, having received £16,756 from more than 400 well-wishers towards the £20,000 goal.

You can find out more about John’s story and can donate to his family on his Just Giving page.

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