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Christine Garcia

First Dose of Moderna on 04/01/21 Lot #046AZ1A


54 yrs old

Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?

very normal and active

Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?

I work at a youth camp and we wanted to make our summer as safe as possible.

Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?

I received the first dose on Thursday around 11:00am and by Friday night around 9:00pm I had severe back pain and felt nauseated. The pain in my back and left leg woke me up several times during the night. When I got up the next morning around 7:00am I noticed that my left leg from the hip down to my toes was quite swollen. I have never had a blood clot nor really knew anything about it so assumed it was just something that would go away with some walking around. I did my best to try to walk around to see if that would help but it was extremely painful. I also tried that to elevate the leg and that did not help. On Wednesday, April 7th I finally decided to go in to the clinic urgent care because it was not going away. After taking a D-Dimer test which came back in the 5000 range (normal is less than 500) the doctors immediately sent me up to get an ultrasound. The D-Dimer is a test that is an indication of possible blood clots. The ultrasound showed a substantial blood clot from just below my belly button down to my ankle. I was told not to walk around and was put into a wheelchair and sent immediately down to the hospital ER where they put me on a IV blood thinner and then an ambulance ride down to the hospital 2 hours away where they had scheduled a thormbectomy for the next morning (they tried to get one that afternoon but no doctors were available). After staying the night I was told the surgery would be the next morning but it didn't happen until after 1:00pm. I was also told the surgery would take about 1 hour and it lasted actually over 3 hours. Because of the late start and extended length of the surgery I had to stay in the hospital one more night. Throughout the process I asked every doctor and nurse if they thought this could have anything to do with the vaccine as it was quite a coincidence that it happened within 48 hours of the vaccine. I was told they contributed the event to me having May Thurner syndrome and that I had recently drove back from Florida. I am extremely active person and have drive back from Florida for the last 24 years with frequent stops along the way. I have never had health issues before, there is no history of this in my family. I did receive the vaccination shot from the same facility that handled the diagnosis and treatment. Only one doctor said it (the vaccination shot) could be a slight contributing factor.

Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?

My life is fairly normal. I do wear compression socks and will most likely have some lasting affects with the valves in my legs that could cause issues later. The other problem has to do with our financial situation. Because of an issue with I did not have insurance during this ordeal. My medical bills are over $138,000 and my household income is around $90,000. The clinic and hospital have denied all my appeals for medical assistance and are requiring the full balance being paid in full. I did try to work with a company but they were also unsuccessful. Well my health is stable, my financial struggles are just beginning.

Q: Share your experience with any medical care and any diagnoses you have received:

The diagnoses they gave me was May Thurner syndrome and the blood clot was due to that and a long car ride.

Q: Was your reaction reported, and what was the response?

I received text messages from he CDC to report any follow up symptoms which I did do every day until they stopped coming to me. I was called in December 2021 or early January 2022 from the CDC and tried to return their call. I just recently learned that I can report to the VAERS and will be doing so Feb 2, 2022

Q: Is there anything that has helped, and have your symptoms improved?

My symptoms now are very minor but I do put my leg up after a long day of walking and will be wearing compression socks.

Q: Have you had Covid before? What was your experience if so?

I ended up testing positive for COVID October 24, 2021. The only symptom I had was a bried sore throat and a little congestion. I would never have tested myself except my husband tested positive and I take care of my elderly father.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

I believe all people getting vaccines should monitor their health immediately after. The vaccine affects each person differently and the possible side effects should be clearly communicated to everyone.


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Jul 14, 2022


Cat Parker
Cat Parker
Jun 19, 2022

Christine, I just want you to know you are not alone. As a fellow vaccine injured victim, I created a FB support group. If you need anything, please let me know. I hope to help as many people as I can just like us through support, resources, education, and anything else to help them through this journey with so many others that I am bringing together to support those like us. Sending prayers and hugs. Cat

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