Vaccine-injured Canadians search for answers

Covid Health National

Canadians that were injured by COVID-19 vaccines say they are frustrated by the slow response taken by the federal government and Canada’s healthcare system, with many also questioning why the mainstream media has not been covering their stories.

“All I ask for is any kind of resources for us. You can’t sleep, you can’t walk, you can’t exercise, you can’t do anything. You can’t even think with the brain fog,” said Dawood Al-Janaby. “I was ignored, I was left alone, and I’m not sure how long I’ll survive this.”

On Wednesday, the Western Standard put out a call on Twitter for testimonials from vaccine-injured Canadians. It received over 130 messages from people claiming they were injured after taking COVID-19 vaccines.

Muscle spasms, swollen lymph nodes, tinnitus, strokes, menstrual problems, heart inflammation, neurological conditions, seizures, and muscular paralysis were just some of the symptoms Canadians claimed to have developed shortly after getting vaccinated.

Due to the sheer volume of messages, not every story was able to be verified. Several of the vaccine injured claimed their doctors either refused to consider their conditions were caused by the COVID vaccines, or would not officially categorize them as such out of fears they would be investigated and lose their medical licenses.

The Western Standard chose three stories to showcase. These Canadians provided lengthy testimonials, medical records and photographs to corroborate their stories.

‘You would have an army of people calling you an anti-vaxxer’

Al-Janaby, a 30 year-old software engineering student from Toronto, said he began experiencing muscle and joint pain the night after he got his first vaccine dose in April 2021. Over the course of a week, he developed chest pain, tremors, fatigue, brain fog, and nerve pain. He also developed a vascular tumor in his hand that eventually had to be surgically removed.

“For the first month, I had to ask my dad and mom to come and help me to get out of my bed in the morning so I could go to the washroom. It was terrible,” he said.

Al-Janaby said he has seen several specialists about his medical conditions, and none have been able to give him an official medical diagnosis or an effective treatment. He said the best they have been able to do is prescribe him painkillers.

“Many of the doctors didn’t even want to accept my case, and the ones who did tried their best and they couldn’t find anything,” he said.

Al-Janaby said he reached out to several health officials and MPs to encourage them to look into vaccine injuries, but he has been repeatedly stonewalled. “It almost seems like someone is controlling all of them. No matter where you go, federal or provincial, you will end up with the same result.”

His experience was made worse by the attacks he received online when talking about his injury.

“You would have an army of people calling you an anti-vaxxer and a psychopath. It’s extremely hard for them to understand there are people who developed side effects, even though they claim to believe in science.”

Even 14 months later, Al-Janaby said he is unable to work due to his injury, and if he walks for more than half an hour he experiences extreme muscle pain that can last for a week.

Al-Janaby said his experience has led him to believe there is “a systematic approach being taken by all levels of governments to keep the vaccine-injured hidden as long as possible.”

‘My self-dignity is at an all-time low’

Leigh-Anne Dale, a 44 year-old woman living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, provided the Western Standard with a 12-page affidavit detailing her vaccine injury.

Dale said she was hospitalized with “severe” leg pain 23 days after her first vaccine dose. When she took a D-Dimer test, which is used to find out if someone has a blood-clotting disorder, the results were 101,630 ng/ml. Normal ranges are between 0 and 500 ng/ml.

She said doctors later found a 2.5-foot long blood clot in her leg, and adding “no one that observed me had ever seen a clot of this magnitude.”

Dale was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in her left leg and a pulmonary embolism in her right lung. Her 18 year-old son Parker, who had received his first vaccine dose weeks before her, also had to be hospitalized and was later diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolisms and an infarction in his left lung.

Dale said her hematologist acknowledged her conditions were caused by the COVID vaccine, and recommended that she not get any more vaccine doses and make an adverse events following immunization (AEFI) claim. But Dale said Dr. Jasmine Hasselback, a medical health officer at Saskatchewan Health Authority, denied her claim.

“No change to immunization schedule, given her vulnerable medical state. As her PE’s resolve protection against COVID-19 will be paramount. The clots identified for her (and her son) are suspect for an underlying genetic predisposition. The vaccine was not causal for the clot,” she said.

Dale said because Dr. Hasselback denied her claim, she was unable to apply for Canada’s national vaccine injury compensation program. Dale claims to have lost over $10,000 in business revenue at her bakery, and said she spends $200 a month in prescriptions and therapies due to the injury.
“I am red and swollen from my toes to my hip. I have leg pain every day, intermittent episodes of racing heart, and shortness of breath when eating and especially at night,” Dale said. “My self-dignity is at an all time low after everything that has transpired in my body over the last several months.”
“Due to my personal experience in attempting unsuccessfully to report the negative side effects of the vaccine, I am skeptical of the official position of the Canadian government, which I consider to be minimizing the risk.”

‘It has been difficult to find any hope or support’

Kayla Pollock, a 36 year-old mother from Mount Albert, Ontario, said she was a “healthy, normal person,” until she got her COVID-19 booster shot. She did so because the media was suggesting it would soon be an requirement to keep her job.

On February 22, 2022, Pollock woke up to go to work at the York Region District School Board, but found she could not move her body. “Although my neck struggled to look around my room, the rest of my body refused to comply with my desperate demands. I tried to yell to my partner for help, but was unable to gasp for air,” she said.

The doctors did not immediately know what was wrong with Pollock, and some suggested she was faking her illness. But when a radiologist looked at her MRI scan, they saw a massive lesion on her spinal cord. Pollock was diagnosed as quadriplegic on the spot and told she would never walk again.

Pollack said while the doctor confirmed that her condition was caused by the vaccine, “finding a doctor willing to put that on paper in order to file a vaccine injury claim has been very difficult.”

While in rehabilitation at the Lyndhurst Centre in Toronto, Pollock said she met other residents who also had spinal cord injuries as a result of the vaccine.

“But I am left to watch as most of them recover to the point of walking again. The doctors tell me I’m just not one of the lucky ones, and to adjust to my new life. The pain never stops.”

Pollack is currently living at the rehabilitation centre, as her townhouse is not wheelchair accessible and she doesn’t have the $12,000 needed to buy a ramp.

“I want to come home to my partner, to my beautiful 7 year-old son who misses his mum, and to my church,” she said.

Pollock said most of her friends and family have left, as they “cannot cope or do not know how to help.” She is currently in the process of going through Canada’s vaccination injury program. 

“I grew up in foster care and was trapped in the system. Now I feel the same way,” she said.

“It has been difficult to find any hope or support.”

As published in Western Standard