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Johnathan West

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

Life was great. I had no issues and was active in several sports and traveling all the time.

Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.

About 5 days after my J&J vaccine which I ultimately had to take or lose my job I started having cramps in my calves. I attributed this to muscle cramps, maybe pulled muscles from soccer. But it persisted, slowly getting worse and worse: I kept thinking it was muscle tears because I was unaware of what a boood clot felt like. It got so bad I went to the ER on Dec 31st 2022 where I had to have two emergency surgeries and almost lost my leg. Spent a week in the hospital and months recovering until my other leg which had that muscle cramp feeling since the vax, started having greater pain similar to my first injured leg. My Doctor found two arteries 100% blocked by huge clots. I had two more surgeries on June 19th 2023. There is not one family member in all our history who has ever had a blood clot. The vaccine was the only change and now it’s off the market because of rare blood clot formations. It’s been absolutely devastating to my whole life. I’ve used all my mental strength to get through this and I’m exhausted mentally. I am lucky to still be here though so thankful for that!

Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms

4 surgeries to remove blood clots that had completely blocked 3 major arteries. We need the Covid vaccines added to the VICP asap because I was forced to take it and now have mounting medical bills and no recourse. It’s completely unfair to those injured

Which solutions were not helpful?

Ignoring it thinking I just had torn/pulled muscles

What would you like others to know?

Be aware that ongoing muscle cramps and discoloration in your toes could mean you have a clot. I would have a deep painful muscle like cramp while walking that just got worse and worse.

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