My name is Emily, I am 20 years old.

On Dec 18th, 2021 I went for my 2nd dose. I needed it done by Dec 20th due to being mandated for my work. On the 21st Dec I was going Christmas shopping with my mum when I got out of the car and suddenly felt like I was going to faint. I was dizzy and felt as though someone was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t catch my breath. My mum rushed to help me back into the car, as she saw my stuttering. I could feel everything going black around me. My mum drove me straight to the GP which was closer than the hospital by 30 minutes. They gave me an ECG and blood tests and sent me home. My blood tests came back with elevated Troponin levels (heart inflammation).

My GP advised that I had myocarditis from the jab.

On the 27th Dec, my mum rushed me to ED as I was fainting again. I was very short of breath and my mum had to ask the hospital security guard to help me into the emergency department because I kept collapsing. More blood tests revealed I now had elevated D-Dimer (clot markers).

I have just recently had a cardiologist appointment. I require further blood tests and am now awaiting an echocardiogram and Holter test to determine the risk of arrhythmia.

I have been to the doctor weekly, sometimes twice weekly for months now. I am unable to work, on doctor’s orders, due to not being able to get my heart rate elevated. I tried to lightly vacuum out my car the other day and ended up with heart palpitations and major chest pain. Even an attempt to make my bed felt like I had run a marathon.

I have had trials with medication that have caused me to have major setbacks, health-wise.

I have been on over 19 different medications a day at times and currently need medication done by an IV drip in my arm.

I am very grateful to the Doctors at NZDSOS for treating me and showing care for my condition. They have been extremely patient and kind, allowing many phone consults. They have diagnosed me with myocarditis and pericarditis.

This whole experience has been very challenging. It’s extremely isolating. Other than minor swelling in my face, hands and feet, people, including my friends, think I am fine and don’t understand the pain I am in every day.

My parents have paid thousands of dollars for my appointments and medications.

To date, I have received no financial help from ACC or the Ministry of Health.

I am very grateful to family and friends who have shown me love, because it is a frightening and lonely journey I feel I am on now.

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Ethan’s Story:

A week before Christmas 2021 I went for my first jab, after much deliberation. Two days later, I ended up going to the hospital after not being able to breathe. I was diagnosed with pericarditis.

Since then I have struggled with constant, nagging pain and a huge lack of energy. At one point, I decided to seek help from my local doctors, only to find that they dismissed the fact that I was jab-injured and believed that nobody had suffered even severe side effects from this rollout. I didn’t have the energy to explain that the hospital had just confirmed my pericarditis with blood tests and ECG and that the link to the jab was undeniable.

I decided to seek out some private doctors in order to get on medication to ease my pain. I was instructed not to do any activity that raised my heart rate above 150bpm (equivalent to walking upstairs). I had to maintain under that heart rate for up to 4 months, and wait for the pain and swelling to ease, after which I was allowed to get back into exercise.

The good news is that the rest, pain relief and supplements have worked. I’ve now started to feel better, have been able to be more active, and am possibly looking to return to work. Hopefully, that will take the pressure off my parents, and allow me to help out with my sister’s condition.

Was this jab, deemed safe by the health minister on TV, worth it?

If you asked me for my opinion now, no it’s not! But everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I respect that.

Ultimately, it should never have been forced on us in order to finish our studies, go to restaurants, or work to support our families.

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