Vaccine Injured Issue Clarion Call for Acknowledgment, Help

November 06, 2021

Heartbroken father whose only son died after the jab:
“My government lied to me. They said it was safe. They murdered my son.”

By Joseph M. Hanneman
It all started immediately after takeoff. The pilot knew something was seriously wrong. He started to develop tunnel vision and felt increasing pain and pressure in his head. It quickly became a life-threatening situation.

“Approximately two hours into my flying, I pulled my airplane up to turn around and felt an extreme burst of pressure in my ears,” said Cody Flint of Cleveland, Miss., who works as an agricultural pilot. “Instantly, I was nearly blacked out, dizzy, disoriented, nauseous and shaking uncontrollably. By the grace of God I was able to land my plane without incident, although I do not remember doing this.”

Flint was initially diagnosed with vertigo and a severe panic attack, but doctors later changed it after finding fistulas in the membranes of both ears, along with Eustachian tube dysfunction and elevated intracranial pressure due to brain swelling. Doctors blamed the damage on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that Flint received on Feb. 1, 2021. Flint said within 30 minutes of getting his first shot, he developed a “severe, stabbing headache” that morphed into a burning sensation in the back of his neck. Dangerous FlightAgricultural pilot Cody Flint nearly blacked out in the cockpit after getting a COVID-19 shot in February 2021.

“My condition continued to decline and my doctors told me only an adverse reaction to the vaccine or major head trauma could have caused this much spontaneous damage,” said Flint, 33, a pilot with more than 10,000 hours of flight time. “I’ve had six spinal taps over eight months to monitor my intracranial pressure and two surgeries eight weeks apart to repair the fistulas. I have missed nearly an entire year of my life and part of my children’s lives.”

Flint’s dramatic testimony was among the powerful stories shared Nov. 2 at a Washington D.C. hearing held by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the second such event he has hosted in the past six months. Vaccine injured people spoke in the Russell Senate Office Building alongside pharmaceutical experts, doctors, researchers and military personnel, all warning the American public that the heavily promoted COVID vaccines are causing significant injuries and deaths that are being ignored by the medical establishment and the federal government. Johnson criticized the wave of vaccine mandates being implemented in schools, government and private business as “pointless” and “utterly destructive.”

“Its a real shame that we’re having to hold this roundtable,” Sen. Johnson said. “Had government officials, the heads of our health care agencies, had they been doing their job, had they been honest and transparent with the American public, we wouldn’t be here today. But the very sad fact of the matter is they haven’t.” Johnson said he wanted to provide a platform for the vaccine injured to speak, since they have been ignored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Johnson’s three-hour hearing included testimony from medical experts at Stanford University, UCLA, University of Maryland, McMaster University and MIT; as well as drug-safety advocates and a variety of victims of vaccine injuries. Injuries discussed included permanent paralysis, swelling of the heart muscle, transverse myelitis, brain swelling, nerve pain, autoimmune disease and chronic fatigue.

Flint said his post-vaccine ordeal has caused immense physical, financial and emotional suffering. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to fly an airplane again. This vaccine has taken my career from me and the future I have worked so hard to build,” he said. “I have used all of my savings to pay medical bills and just to be able to survive. My family and I are on the verge of losing everything we have.”

Flint said since the federal government provided legal immunity for the manufacturers of the COVID vaccines, it is incumbent on the government to help the growing list of victims harmed and disabled by the jab. “We have been ignored and silenced. It is not right and it needs to stop now,” Flint said. “It is time for the federal government to do its part by acknowledging us and helping us. Does anyone really think it’s fair to make the vaccine injured wait years for help? I think we can all agree refusing or delaying the help we need is unconscionable. We urgently need this help.”  Giving Voice to the Vax InjuredU.S. Sen Ron Johnson, R-Wis., held a hearing in Washington D.C. to give a platform for those injured by COVID vaccines.

Senator Johnson said he invited top leadership from the FDA, CDC, NIH and numerous other federal agencies, as well as leaders from Pfizer, BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna to attend the hearing, but “none of them showed up.” Johnson criticized the health agencies for not supplying the kind of in-depth data that is common in Great Britain. “Of the people who have died from COVID in the UK with the Delta variant over the last seven and a half months, 63 percent have been fully vaccinated,” he said. “Over the last four weeks in the UK, 78 percent of those that have died with the Delta variant from COVID, 78 percent had been fully vaccinated.”

Johnson said given the vaccines’ inability to produce long-lasting immunity, and the fact vaccinated individuals can not only get COVID infection but can also pass the virus on to others, the suddenly popular vaccine mandates make no sense. Health agencies are also ignoring the value of natural immunity among the millions who have recovered from COVID, he said. “Why would we force a vaccine that’s not as effective as we all hoped, why would we force that on people who are naturally immune, where the science tells us those with natural immunity probably have better and more long lasting immunity than those fully vaxxed?” Johnson said.

The senator said he found plenty to be concerned about in the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), an early-warning database jointly run by the CDC and FDA. He said over the past quarter century, the VAERS database has logged, on average, 7,596 adverse events a year for the flu vaccine. “In 10 months with the COVID vaccine, we’re up to 837,595,” Johnson said. The flu vaccine has on average 78 deaths reported per year. “The updated figures today (for COVID) are 17,619. That is 225 times the number of deaths in just a ten-month period versus an annual figure for the flu vaccine. These vaccine injuries are real.”

Established in 1990, VAERS is a passive surveillance system that takes reports of injuries, side effects and deaths from doctors, health care facilities, vaccine manufacturers, state health officials, patients and the general public. Data in the system are not meant to prove cause and effect, but rather be a red flag for safety concerns that warrant more detailed study.

Grounding Army pilots due to vax injuries

Lieutenant Col. Theresa Long, a board-certified Army aerospace medicine specialist and a flight surgeon with the 1st Aviation Brigade, appeared at the hearing under the Military Whistleblower Protection Act. Doctor Long said the Army retaliated against her when she reported concerns about vaccine injuries such as pericarditis among the pilots. “After I reported to my command my concerns that in one morning I had to ground three out of three pilots due to vaccine injuries, the next day my patients were cancelled, my charts were pulled for review and I was told I would not be seeing acute patients anymore,” she said.

Long said she saw five patients in clinic one day, two of whom complained of chest pain within days to weeks of receiving a COVID vaccine. They were diagnosed with pericarditis, an inflammation of the membrane that encloses the heart. A third pilot reported chronic fatigue that left him feeling drunk.  Army Flight SurgeonU.S. Army Lt. Col. Theresa Long said the COVID-19 vaccine is a bigger threat to the military than the virus itself.

“Patients are entitled to a second opinion on their medical care,” said Long, who also has a master’s degree in public health. “What happens when bureaucrats mandate that there is no dissenting opinion? In the military, flight surgeons can only make recommendations as to if a pilot is fit to fly or should be grounded. Ultimately, it is the commander taking on the risk and makes the final call to accept or reject a flight surgeon’s recommendations.”

Long said service personnel at Fort Benning related being threatened, coerced and intimidated to get the vaccine, even before the FDA issued its approval letter for the Comirnaty vaccine in August. In May, she attended an Army senior medicine leadership course and had a chance to question some of the Army brass about the vaccines. “We only lost 12 active-duty soldiers to COVID, yet we’re going to risk the health of the entire fighting force on a vaccine we only have two months of safety data on?” she said. “The response was, ‘You’re damned right, colonel, and you’re going to get every soldier you can to take the vaccine so I can get enough data points to determine if the vaccine is safe.’ ”

“Our service members are national treasures. They have stared down bullets, been blown up by IEDs and bombs, they have endured thankless and protracted wars, missing the birth of their children,” she said. “They bore the burden, no matter the cost. They did so without respect to political party or narrative. These are warriors, not lab rats. They deserve the best medical care.”

Long said the federal vaccine mandate could have a major detrimental effect on military readiness if the Department of Defense drums the unvaccinated out of the service. “I believe the COVID vaccine is a greater threat to soldiers’ health and military readiness than the virus itself,” she said. “Over 200,000 service members have rejected the vaccine, yet the military is pressing forward without regard to the damage to the morale and readiness to process these soldiers out.”

Linda Wastila, a professor and the Parke-Davis Chair in geriatric pharmacotherapy at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, was part of a group of scientists, clinicians and patient advocates that filed a citizen petition in June with the FDA “to express our concerns about the rapid mass rollout of vaccines which were not yet approved.” The FDA denied the petition, she said.

“We still know nothing, absolutely nothing about long-term vaccine harms because the vaccines haven’t been out that long,” Wastila said. “Indeed, 20 months in, we barely understand immediate harms from the vaccines. How can we possibly provide informed consent without this information?”

Wastila said her group is not anti-vaccine, but does oppose mandated use of vaccines. Those who experienced serious adverse effects “were left high and dry by the FDA, CDC, the NIH and medical professionals,” she said. “…We are the people you haven’t heard from, and we have nothing, absolutely nothing to personally gain from being here. Indeed, we have everything to lose, including our jobs, our titles, our livelihoods. We don’t intend to go away until we see some real change.”

‘Life-altering reaction’ to COVID vaccine

Brianne Dressen, a Utah preschool teacher who took part in the AstraZeneca vaccine trials, said she suffered a “life-altering reaction” to the vaccine she received on Nov. 4, 2020. “I suffered a cascade of neurological symptoms that persisted for months,” she said. “And while my life has improved, I still feel like I’m being electrocuted twenty-four seven.”

Dressen said she kept the symptoms and her story to herself for months before discovering that the side effects were more widespread than she imagined. “I thought that this was an isolated incident,” she said. “But in the spring I started finding more and more like me and before we knew it there were thousands of us, all of us unable to receive medical care, recognition, either from the drug companies, the CDC, the FDA. We all suffered the same constellation of symptoms, which is very strange.”

She founded a group called to promote research and better understanding of vaccine adverse events and the long-term effects of severe COVID infection. The group approached the FDA and CDC without success, she said, so they reached out to other state and federal officials.

“We then reached out to the media, being repeatedly told that we can’t make the vaccines look bad,” Dressen said. “We reached out to our major health organizations like the AMA, we reached out to our state health boards, our state health departments — all of them persisting in the narrative that if this was really happening, the CDC and the FDA would have said so. We are completely on our own. All we have is each other.”

A father’s heartbreak: ‘They murdered my son’

Some of the most heart-rending testimony came from Ernest Ramirez Sr. of Edinburg, Texas, whose only son collapsed and died of myocarditis in April after taking the Pfizer vaccine. Ramirez struggled to hold back tears as he described his love for his son, Ernesto Ramirez Jr., 16, and how the boy was planning a career in the Air Force.  A Father's GriefAn emotional Ernest Ramirez Sr. told of losing his only son to the Pfizer vaccine.

“We got the Pfizer vaccine because I thought it was to protect him. I thought it was the right thing to do,” Ramirez said. “It was like playing Russian roulette. My government lied to me. They said it was safe. Now I go home to an empty house.”

Ramirez described how he and his son loved to go fishing and camping together, how he coached Little League baseball for seven years because his son loved the sport so much. “We were always together. He was my best friend. He always told me it was me and you against the world.” Ramirez said the federal government knew of the risk of heart problems with the vaccines and should have made that information widely available to parents much sooner.

“What they did to my son, they knew what was happening,” he said. “I consider that murder. …Why wasn’t this information released until October first this year? If we would have known this, my son would be here with me. So I figure, like I said, they murdered my son.”

Ernesto Jr.’s birthday is next week. “You know where I’m going to celebrate his birthday at?” Ramirez asked, holding up a photo of his son in a casket. He knows that day, and the coming holidays, will be hard. “Thanksgiving I’m going to spend at the cemetery. Christmas at that cemetery,” he said. “They need to quit pushing this on our children. I lost mine. You all need to protect yours.”
Ramirez said despite the government’s claims to the contrary, the vaccines are not worth the risk for children. “It wasn’t worth the risk to me,” he said. “My son meant the world to me. They can never give him back to me. That’s all I want is my son back. So don’t make the mistake I did. I did it because I thought it was the correct thing to do. It wasn’t. It was not. I’ve always said I love the hell out of my country, but I don’t trust my government anymore.”

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