A father-of-two from Canada was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome last year following his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Ross Wightman, from Lake Country, B.C, has been unable to walk since the vaccination and has not received a medical exemption despite becoming paralyzed after the shot.
Wightman received his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in April 2021. Within days of the shot, he developed excruciating back pain. He later felt tingles on the side of his face, which developed into paralysis from the waist down. This left him unable to walk.
“It hit me hard right away. I had the paralysis from the waist down, full facial paralysis. I had trouble chewing and swallowing.”
Wightman was brought to hospital where doctors diagnosed him with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a condition that affects the nervous system. He spent a total of two months in hospital.
Despite having a severe adverse reaction to the AstraZeneca shot, a medical health officer who reviewed Wightman’s case said he was not eligible for a vaccine exemption as they could not prove that his GBS diagnosis was caused by the vaccination. To make matters worse, he was then told to get a second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
Wightman is currently undergoing physiotherapy to regain his movement and weight. He has yet to receive any support from Canada’s Vaccine Injury Support Program (VISP). The program, first launched in June 2021, provides families compensation for lost wages, injuries and death following vaccination. Each application is reviewed by a medical board.
Wightman’s case has been passed around different caseworkers.
While he waits, between his condition and his vaccine status, he spends a lot of time alone.
“I can’t watch the kids go play baseball, I can’t watch them go ice skating. Maybe I’m becoming a little numb to it because it’s a weekly occurrence, but it hurts for sure.”
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