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Dad left paralysed by Covid vaccine will 'never be the same again'

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 3 days ago Fahad Tariq & James Rodger

A dad left "paralysed by the Covid vaccine" has finally left hospital after 420 days. Security worker Anthony Shingler’s life has completely changed following his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine last year.

The dad of two and grandfather had no health issues prior to his jab, he says. But now he has been left wheelchair bound as he returns home in Staffordshire.

He shared: “I was asked to make a phone call to my loved-ones as I was taken down to critical care as they didn’t know whether I would make it or not. I spoke to my wife and two daughters and said 'goodbye'. That was frightening.

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"I was then on a ventilator for months recovering. Even though I was the one lying in a hospital bed paralysed, my family went through more than I did." Anthony was officially diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).

He added: “I could only move my head. There was a buzzer to call the nurses and I had to headbutt it because I couldn’t use my hands. It messes with your head because your brain is telling you to get out of bed but your body can’t do that. It’s really frustrating. When I was moved to Hayward I started physio. There was one stage where I lost it and broke down in tears. They kept me in a separate room all night."

Anthony added: "Before this happened, I’d class myself as a mentally-strong person. Nothing could phase me but this was something else - it’s taken its toll on my mental health. I can’t go to work, drive or dress myself. My hands are so bad that I can’t grip anything. I use a wheelchair and have a walking frame I have to lean on. I can’t stand on my own. I can only walk up to 20 metres with a frame.

“I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, it's really bad. I did not like any of it but I am lucky to be alive." He said: “It’s life-changing but I didn’t do something that caused this. We just did what the government told is to do. I regret getting the vaccine. If I had known there was a chance of getting this, I wouldn’t have gone anywhere near it. My nerves have been stripped and damaged. This is the beginning and it’s going to be a long haul. I won’t ever be the same Anthony again.”

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