The family of a father of two is demanding answers after he was left ‘paralyzed’ in what they believe is an extremely rare side effect of the coronavirus vaccine.
Security chief Anthony Shingler is currently at the very bottom as he ‘fights for his life’ on a ventilator at the hospital.
The 57-year-old’s loved ones say he started going downhill after taking his first dose of AstraZeneca three months ago.
The former ‘fit-and-healthy’ grandfather from Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, has since been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a very rare and serious condition that affects the nerves.
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The condition sees the body’s immune system damage nerve cells and causes muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis after infection and in rare cases vaccination.
Now his ruined wife Nicola is calling for more help from the government after highlighting Anthony’s condition.
Nicola told StokeonTrentLive: “I’m determined it was the vaccine he was fine with until he had it. They have not found any other trigger.
“It’s a nightmare to see him. I can not stand to see my husband have so much pain every day. We have been totally ignored and forgotten by the government.
“He’s still getting texts from the NHS to take another jab, and he’s in an NHS hospital paralyzed. How impersonal it is. It is wrong at all levels. “
The 48-year-old says Anthony’s nightmare began shortly after getting his AZ Covid jab in early March.
Nicola added: “[After the vaccine] he had mild symptoms for a few days, a muddy head and his legs were sore. He just went to bed.
“He got up on March 8, and throughout that week his legs continued to hurt. He said it felt like he was walking up a mountain, they were really heavy.
“On March 12, he had real problems. He woke up and felt a numbness from the hips down.
“He continued to go to work on March 19, but then he started getting needles in his hands and feet.
“I took him to the Haywood walk-in center and they said he should be assessed by A&E.
“He called me three hours later to pick him up because they sent him home with a possible allergy. We knew he did not suffer from allergies. ”
Nicola says her husband’s symptoms worsened after he was discharged.
On March 22, Anthony was rushed back to Royal Stoke University Hospital with severe pain as well as needles.
Nicola said: “He turned for the worse and got a little gray and felt sick so we had to call 999.
“The ambulance came and he was admitted to neurology.
“The critical care said he had to go in a ventilator because it took the lungs, he could not breathe. That was when we were told it was GBS.
“The first four to six weeks were awful.
“He’s had hallucinations and infections. They tried to get him out of the fan without joy. He never comes home if he can not get off.
“He just got a lot of nerve damage.”
Nicola says she has since been contacted by Genomics – a researcher in medicine – to see if there may be a link between Anthony’s condition and the vaccine.
She also supports a petition to reform the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979, which calls for more support for those injured as a result of receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.
It currently has more than 8,000 signatures.
She added: “There are up to 40 families involved who have cases of GBS, bleeding and blood problems.
“My husband has been taken out of work and he is our head servant, we have not had any support financially. His work had to get him on for the next few months. We should not have to deal with this.
“He is fit and mentally there, but he is so tired. His life is taken from him and us. There are things we can not do now that we planned. ”
She added: “When they planned this vaccination program, why did they not put any serious side effects to watch out for when they knew what was coming? They knew there would be a small minority.
“The government has not shown any support. It’s rude and barbaric.
“He has the thinnest chances for recovery. He will definitely end up with a disability.
“I want action and for the government to recognize what is going on. They are trying to ignore it so people are not afraid to go after the vaccine.
“But some of these people will still have reactions like my husband.
“The government can bury its head in the sand – but they are ruining the chances of the vaccine in the future. My daughters do not forget this. His grandchildren do not forget that their grandfather was not supported.
“Trying to cover it up makes it look even more sinister.”
The Regulatory Agency (MHRA) monitors all possible side effects reported to them, including Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Dr June Raine, CEO of MHRA, said: “Over 72 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have now been administered in the UK, saving thousands of lives through the largest vaccination program ever to take place in this country.
No effective medicine or vaccine is without risk. Our advice remains that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks in most people.
“We ask anyone who suspects that they have experienced a side effect associated with their Covid-19 vaccine to report it to the Coronavirus Yellow Card website.”
In an online post on GBS in 2020, www.nhs.uk said: “In the past, vaccinations (especially the flu vaccine used in the United States during a swine flu outbreak in 1976) were linked to an increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome.
“But research has since found the chances of developing the condition after vaccination are extremely small.
For example, a study of the vaccine used during the outbreak of swine flu in 2009 showed that for every million people who had been vaccinated, there were fewer than 2 additional cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome.
“And evidence suggests that you are far more likely to get Guillain-Barré syndrome from an infection, such as the flu, than the vaccine designed to prevent the infection, such as the flu.”