After taking the AstraZeneca COVID-19 injection, Ross Wightman still experiences debilitating side effects due to Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
The father-of-two from Canada has been unable to walk following the experimental shot and hasn’t received a medical exemption despite his paralysis.
He’s unable to walk like he used to, and his COVID-19 inoculation status prevents him from watching his kids play sports.
He received the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 jab in April 2021 and developed excruciating back pain days later.
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Wightman later felt tingles on the side of his face, which developed into paralysis from the waist down.
Afterward, he was unable to walk.
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“It’s been a roller coaster for me,” he told CBC News from his home in Lake Country, B.C., just north of Kelowna.
“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 diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a rare condition that affects the nervous system. It can cause paralysis, muscle weakness, and even death.
He spent two months in the hospital, and the condition has left Wightman unable to work as he tries to access slow-moving government support for vaccine injury.
He’s also been unable to get a vaccine exemption, with health officers saying they can’t prove his GBS was caused by the AstraZeneca shot — and advising him to get a second dose of a different COVID-19 vaccine.
To make matters worse, Wightman has struggled to acquire compensation after his severe injuries from the experimental injection.
The COVID World explains:
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.”
CBC News shared this video report of his heartbreaking story: