A dad who said he was left paralysed from the COVID vaccine has been discharged from the hospital after nearly four months.
Anthony Shingler, 58, suffered extreme pains alongside pins and needles days after receiving his first dose of the AstraZeneca jab in March last year.
StokeonTrentLive said that he was taken to Royal Stokes University Hospital in Staffordshire, where he was put onto a ventilator before being transferred to Hayward Hospital last November.
The ex-security worker was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), an extremely rare and serious condition in which a person’s own immune system attacks the nerves.
Most people would have usually recovered from the condition within six months to a year, but according to the NHS, about one in five people are left with long-term problems such as being unable to walk without help.
Anthony now needs a wheelchair and walking frame while at home with his wife and two daughters and has said that he will never be the same after his nerves were left stripped and damaged.
Remembering his early days in the hospital, the grandad said he was told to make a phone call to his loved ones as he was being taken down to the critical care unit as they didn’t know whether he was going to make it or not.
He said that he spoke to his wife and two daughters and said goodbye and that it was extremely terrifying.
He said that he was on a ventilator for months recovering, but even though he was the one lying in a hospital bed paralysed, his family went through more than he did.
Anthony was able to breathe on his own and was taken off the ventilator last October, but could only move his head.
He said there was a buzzer to call the nurses and he had to headbutt it because he couldn’t use his hands and that messes with your head because your brain is telling you to get out of bed but that your body can’t do that and it was all extremely frustrating.
He said that when he was moved to Hayward to start his physio, there was one stage where he just lost it and broke down in tears, so they kept him in a different room all night.
His current carer, Nicola, visited Anthony twice a day while he was in hospital before he returned home on May 17.
This man might have already had a pre-existing condition that was waiting to trigger but if the vaccines had been tested more thoroughly these kinds of things might not be happening.
There have been numerous conditions transpiring since people have had the jab, some saying that they’ve never felt right since or that they’ve now got conditions that they never ever had before, and it’s not right now that should be concerning but what the vaccine might have done to us in the long term, that we won’t know for some time yet. So, if in a few years’ time you start losing the hair on your skin and only like coming out at night, you’ll know why!