Story told by Troy’s mother, Maria.
My name is Maria and this is about my son Troy. Troy is 14 years old with no underlying health conditions. On Monday November 22nd, 2021, he had his second Pfizer vaccine. He had all the ‘normal’ side effects. We were told these were normal and to treat them with Nurofen. He was experiencing a sore arm and headaches which we treated, but on the fifth day he woke up with chest pain and an irregular heartbeat. We were going to go see his GP but instead decided to go straight to the hospital.
He had an ECG and a chest X-ray that came back clear, but the blood test for his troponin levels were not good at all. Troponin is a protein found in the heart muscle and a normal level is 20, whereas Troy’s level was 2,300.
We were told that his heart was inflamed. We were then taken to the Monash Children’s Hospital by ambulance. He was in hospital for four days being closely monitored, medicated and under strict bed rest. On the Monday he had an MRI and echo ultrasound of the heart. He was then discharged as his troponin levels had gone back to normal.
He was diagnosed with acute myocarditis and during his time in hospital he did have a COVID test which came back negative. We have a letter from the hospital which states: ‘Troy has been diagnosed as having developed post-Pfizer vaccine-induced myocarditis’.
During our time at the hospital, everyone I spoke to – the nurses, the doctors, the cardiologist, the guy doing the MRI – all said that they are seeing a growing number of young boys presenting with the same symptoms. This is not a rare side effect, but an all-too-common side effect in adolescent boys.
For the next two weeks at home, he was under strict bed rest. He wasn’t allowed to go to school. He missed out on camp and seeing out the school year with his friends. He still isn’t allowed to run, go up any stairs or do any sports, as physical activity or exerting himself could be fatal. He is not allowed to do any sports for three months, and during these three months he will gradually and painstakingly build up his level of activity.
This is his road to short-term recovery. Unfortunately, as the cardiologist himself stated, they do not know what this means long-term for him, as the research is not there for myocarditis caused by the vaccine.
Three weeks later we are still awaiting on a full report of his MRI.
Last Friday he had another echo ultrasound and ECG, and during our consultation with the cardiologist he told us that there is significant scarring to about 25% of his heart muscle. He told my son that this is very serious and to look out for feeling faint, dizzy, chest pain or irregular heartbeat, and to go straight to hospital if he experiences any of these. Obviously, it is extremely hard for a 14-year-old, to know that he could potentially die.
We were due to get our daughter her second vaccination, but after what has happened to our son I was not willing to take that risk. My children will never get another COVID vaccine again.
Please do not get your children vaccinated for COVID and do not get them any boosters. The risks are way too high, and we have learned the hard way.
My children and I saw all their friends getting the vaccine and nothing happened to them. We therefore had a false sense of security that it was safe. The research on other children being injured by the covid vaccine is there, but unless it affects you personally you don’t really look. My regret will always eat away at me and I will carry this guilt forever, but I cannot let that consume me right now. I need to focus all my energy and strength in getting my son the best possible outcome in living a risk-free, long and healthy life.
We didn’t get our children vaccinated because we didn’t love them. We did it because we do love them and just wanted to protect them. There are many reasons that people have gotten their children and themselves vaccinated. Children everywhere have had enough of lockdown, especially in Victoria, and the rise of mental health issues and suicide is a major concern for us all. The pressure being put on us by the government to get vaccinated was insurmountable.
We were mandated to vaccinate our children so they could enjoy the freedoms that were rightfully theirs and should never have been taken away from them.
I wanted to share our story because it pains me that the media and government are still telling us that it is safe to give this vaccine to children as young as five. Apparently, this vaccine is meant to prevent serious illness caused by COVID, but instead it is causing the same illness it’s meant to protect them from.
It breaks my soul that my son cannot be a carefree young teenager and just enjoy the normal things in life. His quality of life has suffered and he, along with all of us, has been traumatised by this.
I wish I had been strong enough, and didn’t follow the narrative that it was ‘the right thing to do’. The ‘right thing to do’ ended up being the worst thing any parent could ever possibly do to their child. In trying to protect his mental health I have managed to do the opposite, and more. Troy is happy for me to share his story, but he asked that I do not publish a photo of his face. The attached photo is him in his hospital bed at the Monash Hospital.