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Jessica Mcfadden

What was your life like before you received the COVID-19 vaccine?

Prior to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, my life was wonderful. I was very active through exercise, hiking, and spending time with my family. I could breathe without the assistance of medication.

Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.

On April 1, 2021, I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at HealthLinc in Valparaiso, Indiana. Weeks following the shot, I began to experience side effects that could easily be contributed to seasonal allergies or a virus. Under the care of my healthcare provider, my symptoms were managed through antibiotics and oral and inhaled steroids. My healthcare provider did not considered my symptoms to be a result of the COVID-19 vaccination, the probability of it happening was so rare.

On the morning of May 6, 2021, my 20-year daughter found me passed out on the bathroom floor. I was taken to the emergency room at Northwest Health-Porter. After extensive testing, the medical team determined that I had a massive blood clot in my lungs (pulmonary embolism) and a clot-in-transit in the right atrium of my heart. I was immediately rushed into emergency surgery to remove the clot in my heart and lungs. While in the ICU recovering, I developed an additional clot in my left leg, resulting in an additional procedure. In total, I spent nine days in the hospital. Through multiple blood tests, it was determined the blood clots were a result of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Last week marked the one-year anniversary of my ordeal. I am still on blood thinners as the vaccine is still causing my blood to clot. It is unknown if and when I will be able to no longer need medical intervention through blood thinners.

Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms

Two surgeries and ongoing use of blood thinners.

Which solutions were not helpful?

Steroids or antibiotics

What would you like others to know?

I like many others received the COVID-19 shot because it was the right thing to do, I was protecting my family, co-workers, and friends. Those of use who have long-term effects of the cause of the vaccine are left without hope. We deserve financial compensation, not to be forgotten.
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