I’m 59 years old. I was very fit and healthy before the vaccine, spending lots of time outside as I am a cattle farmer. My farm is an award-winning paddock-to-plate producer, taking our meats to Sydney to sell. Our farm, Linga Longa Meats, was runner-up in the NSW Farmer of the Year Awards in 2020, presented by Adam Marshall at Parliament House in Sydney. I was also a part of the NSW Fire Brigade as a retained firefighter, having to maintain a high level of health and fitness for that position.
I’d never had a reaction to vaccination or medications before, nor did I have any allergies or previous health conditions. The only days off work I’ve had have been due to broken bones. I have a family and children, they’re all grown up and I currently live with my wife.
I was very hesitant to get the Covid vaccine, and my instinct was that it was not as safe or effective as was being sold to us. It felt like there was no substantiation to their claims, and as you know, we were made to feel like criminals for not getting this vaccine. Mandates were being brought in. I could not deliver our meats, or work in the fire brigade without being vaccinated.
The main factor for me in deciding to get the vaccine was the fact you had to have it to visit nursing homes. My father is in a nursing home with high-care dementia, and I couldn’t visit or care for him unless I was vaccinated. So I got it to ‘do the right thing’.
My first vaccine was on Thursday 13th May 2021. Within 12 hours I was vomiting, I had shakes, fevers and chills. The symptoms continued constantly for days, and I presented to emergency at Taree Hospital on Sunday 16th May. After waiting for five hours, they admitted me. The doctor took my temperature (it was 38 degrees), asked some questions and then sent me home, saying there was no way it was from the vaccine. He said I was a farmer, and I probably had Leptospirosis — a bacterial infection from farm water.
Straight afterwards, I made an appointment with my GP to get some blood tests done – they couldn’t fit me in until three weeks later. Two weeks after my first vaccine the vomiting and fevers subsided, however I still struggled with balance, gross and fine motor skills, and brain fog.
It took four weeks for my blood tests to come back after they were taken, as they had to check if it was Leptospirosis. It had been eight weeks since my first vaccine, and so I was due for my second, with the doctor’s office ringing me up to remind me to come in.
On 8th July 2021, I received my second vaccination. Within 12 hours I couldn’t walk. I was paralysed from chest to toe, with no feeling or control over my bladder and bowel function. I was admitted to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle on 10th July 2021.
I was referred to a neurologist, who confirmed it was vaccine-assault. I had an MRI, CT scans, bloodwork etc throughout a 2.5 week stay in the hospital, and I was officially diagnosed with transverse myelitis as a result of the vaccine.
Transverse myelitis is a disorder characterised by symptoms of neurologic dysfunction in motor and sensory tracts, inflaming the spinal cord. They started me on IV steroids trying to reduce the swelling in my spine, which didn’t work, so then they started doing plasma infusions. I was in the John Hunter Hospital for a total of three more weeks, and then transferred to the Taree Hospital in mid-August 2021 to begin rehabilitation.
At that point, nothing had improved and I was still totally paralysed. The hospital personnel did feel sorry for me but no one knew what was going on, what to do, nor did they want to talk about it.
Two of my daughters had weddings in that time. They were going to have a destination wedding in 2020, however that was changed due to covid. I was unable to attend due to my symptoms and hospitalisations, and I was devastated to miss their special days.
Also, during that time, my wife was at home running the business. We wanted to make sure the reaction was reported, so my wife filed a private report with the TGA. It turns out, even after seeing nine doctors and having an official diagnosis, none of the doctors had reported it to the TGA.
The TGA called to speak directly with me on the phone, shocked that none of the doctors had reported it. They wanted to clarify some details and have access to my medical records. After that, they sent me a letter saying to not have any more covid vaccines.
Minimal feeling had returned upon being transferred to Taree, and I was doing physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to try and rebuild muscle. Eventually, I was able to get back up on a pair of crutches. I was in full-time rehabilitation for about 13 weeks, and after this I was doing rehabilitation two days each week.
My wife was unable to run the farm long-term without me. We had to sell the farm and property as I couldn’t work or drive to Sydney to sell our produce. I couldn’t drive a tractor, I couldn’t do property maintenance, and we had to completely cease operation. My wife and I were heartbroken and devastated to essentially have to sell the property, simply to survive. I couldn’t even help my wife pack up the farm to move.
I am suffering mental health complications as a result of my physical condition, and it has also strained and impacted my marriage. We have no income, and no livelihood. Our farm was our pride and joy, and we were passionate about caring for the land, its biodiversity, actively involving youth in agriculture, and delivering high quality produce to the customer base we had built up over a decade. It has all come crashing down after this vaccine.
At the time we were selling, the plasma infusions wore off. I lost control of my bowel and bladder function and was unable to stand on crutches again. I went back into hospital on 11th April 2022 to receive a plasma infusion, however I had a reaction to the infusion and they had to send me home, telling me to come back the following week. I am currently sitting at home, unsure of what the next process will be. We are staying at a friend’s house, trying to find somewhere else to live.
I am sharing my story to raise awareness about vaccine injuries, and show that this vaccine is not safe and effective like we have been told. The reactions we are seeing are unacceptable and I never want anyone to have to go through what I have gone through. I have completely lost trust in the Government and our systems, having never had any cause to distrust them before – I thoroughly believe we have been lied to. This has been a deception of the Australian public, they are on the wrong side of history and have failed us. I have no future anymore. It is hour by hour, and day by day.