January 20, 2022

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A tale of a mother’s broken heart

Finding out you’re expecting comes with overwhelming emotions. Anna had just found out she was pregnant with her second child when she was faced with a decision that has been forced upon the masses in today’s current situation. ‘No jab, no job.’ 

Although she was already booked to receive her first dose of Pfizer the following month, the mandates that were introduced would see her lose her source of income before her appointment date would roll around. 

“I work for a government department on the frontline, with non-Aussie citizens, and it needed to be done ASAP. Which meant a walk-in clinic stocking AstraZeneca. I truly believed I was making the best decision. I didn’t want to catch covid at work and then possibly bring it home to my son. I thought I was protecting him by doing this.” Says Anna. 

Like many Australians, Anna was faced with the very real possibility of losing her security. Her source of income. Being a single Mother, how would she afford to feed herself, her son, or prepare for a new baby? As well as support her extended family, as she often takes on those extra responsibilities. Walking away from her position was not an option she was financially able to do. 

The day she went to receive her shot, she asked the Pharmacist if it would be safe for her and her unborn baby during her pregnancy. The Pharmacist assured her it would be fine. 

“That same day, I had horrible nose bleeds and massive clots, so I went to the hospital. They said it was just a side effect and sent me home with a banging headache. Later that night, I went back. I started having sharp pains. The left side of my body went completely numb, and my arm and leg were all bruised.” 

Anna describes herself as a strong person. The kind of person who handles their own, on their own. But due to the restrictions and being unable to have any support through her terrifying experience, while Doctors scrambled around her, carrying out tests to try to understand what was happening, Anna said she felt scared, alone and felt a sense of emptiness. 

She instantly assumed she was losing her baby, but to her surprise, scans confirmed bub was OK. 

“However, before being discharged, they told me to be on watch because I could miscarry after losing so much blood. That I wouldn’t know if my baby was affected in any way until my scan when I’m 13 weeks. So basically, just go home and see how you go.”

It would be a roller-coaster ride over the coming weeks. Feelings of guilt and anxiousness were strong. “The guilt I am carrying now for not trusting my gut is heavy.” She said, “I waited years to give my baby a sibling and look at the ugly circumstances.” 

Over the coming weeks, she would sit in fear and anxiety, wondering if she would wake up one day and had lost her baby, or would have another complication. 

Even though Anna was told that blood clots could be a major issue and could affect her pregnancy, her 13-week scan went well. “I was even told I was having a little boy! (Doddle was clear as day.)” Everything seemed to be ok. Unfortunately, that sense of calm and relief wouldn’t last. 

“Fast forward to 16 weeks. I woke up one morning with horrible pains and I began to bleed. They rushed me to hospital, only to be told there were blood clots in my umbilical cord, and my little boy no longer had a heartbeat. I developed placenta inefficiency. Which means because of the blood clots, my baby wasn’t getting enough blood flow. They proceeded to tell me I needed to have surgery asap, because if the blood clots ruptured, I could bleed internally and die. Then, to top things off, they then told me if they can’t fix the issue, I would need a hysterectomy, and would no longer be able to have children. The surgery went well, but I lost a little boy.” 

As well as the heartbreak Anna has felt with the loss of her baby boy, Anna now also has permanent nerve damage down the left side of her body. She endures numbness and crippling pins and needles. Her treatment consists of using an electro therapy machine 3 times a week which is extremely painful. 

Anna, like so many, had the experimental injection because of government and employer mandates. It has cost her dearly. “I did what I was told for the sake of my job, so I was able to provide for myself and my son. For what? For a virus that has a 99% survival rate. This is the price I’ve paid for my decision.” 

“Broken doesn’t even describe how my soul feels at the moment. I don’t speak about it because it’s too hard. I pretend it hasn’t happened, it’s just easier to cope that way.” 

If you or anyone you know has suffered an adverse reaction to one of the current Covid-19 provisionally approved experimental vaccines, please speak with your health professional, and report your reaction to the TGA. If you believe you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, please call 000 Emergency. 

If you have a story to share about vaccine adverse events please reach out to us at support@afipn.com.au

Sharney Clarke
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