First Dose of Pfizer on 02/26/2021
Second Dose of Pfizer on 03/19/2021
Long Island, New York
47 yrs old
Told with the help of his wife Kari Maratore
Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
Battled cancer in 2018/19, made a full recovery, and continued to be an independent mobile, active father of two young energetic boys, very positive person and always willing to help anyone in need. Loved to cook, play sports with my children and travel for their hockey and lacrosse games.
Q: Would you like to share your reason(s) for getting the vaccine?
According to doctors, Pete was high risk and needed to be vaccinated!
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
This is Pete’s story. On February 26, 2021, we never realized that this was the end of life as we knew it. Pete received his first Pfizer vaccination on this date with a follow up on March 19, 2021. Now, I am not going to lie and tell you, Pete was a “healthy” man. He had battled cancer previously, and he was overweight, but other than that he was a healthy individual. He was an independent mobile, active father. Pete would wake up early every morning, jump out of bed, make the kids breakfast, go to work, put in a full day, come home, make dinner, and drive the kids to their various sporting events. This all began to change after his vaccination.
In April, Pete’s foot began to swell. He went to numerous doctors and was told its probably gout. Come to find out, it was not gout. Then doctors thought he needed major back surgery to have steel rods placed in his back, another wrong diagnosis. Months of physical therapy with no progress followed, and Pete’s symptoms began to progress. Slowly, Pete began to start losing feeling in his feet, which progressed up his legs and to his waist. He was no longer able to walk or stand without assistance. Pete ended up having numerous pulmonary embolisms and dvts, which needed emergency surgery to save his life. Now, it is beginning to affect his arms, hands, and other parts of his body.
As soon as the symptoms started to appear, Pete went to the doctor, NOT one doctor but multiple doctors and specialists! We traveled into the city, we spent a month at the Mayo clinic looking for answers, and we spend countless hours in doctors’ offices, searching for that one doctor that may be able to help. We are praying someone would be able to help us.
Pete received various diagnosis; transverse myelitis, inflammation in the spine, CIDP and many doctors had no explanation. They could tell us he had inflammation stemming from his spinal nerves but could not figure out what was causing it. They tried various treatments, nothing was working, and still nothing is working! We are no closer to finding answers.
Pete, always an optimistic, full of life, cheer you on type of guy, is becoming depressed and hopeless. Imagine not being able to do the things you used to do. Imagine worrying that you could fall at any point or have an accident while talking to a business associate or in the middle of a hockey game that your child is playing. Imagine feeling like you are just waiting for this “disease” to just take over your body and kill you. He is becoming despondent, hopeless, and desperate. Almost two years later (3/8/23), we found out that his symptoms are indeed in response to the vaccine that he received. While we are happy to know where this illness originated (deep down we knew, but got validation from the latest doctor appointment), we are devastated to know this could have been prevented.
I am sharing Pete’s story, because it needs to be heard. We are hoping that if more people share their reactions to these shots, that maybe it will help doctors find a cure or at the very least help stop the progression of this “disease”. We are devastated that this is our new journey and one we did not choose, but one we will continue as we have no other choice. We will fight and continue to seek answers, but we also need to tell the truth and let people know what this vaccine did to change Pete’s life forever. Help us help Pete and others who have been forever changed by because of the COVID shots.
Q: Tell us about any tests, diagnoses, and/or Medical Care received:
Numerous MRIs, cat scans, ultrasounds, PET scans, X-rays, spinal taps, lab work, EMGs, hospital stays, infusions, biopsies, and still no answers. Diagnoses: TM, inflammation in spine, CIDP, neuropathy in extremities, spike proteins in spinal fluid, loss of bowel and bladder control, renal cancer, vision worsening, DVT’s and pulmonary embolisms.
Q: Where has your reaction been reported, and what was the response?
Reported to VAERS, attempted national vaccine injury compensation but wasn’t aware of this program until 2 years after vax injury, and there’s a one year time limit
Q: Are there any treatments that have helped or hurt your health?
IVIG, Steroids (oral and IV), numerous cleanses, diet change, eliquis for excessive clotting, ivermectin. Nothing is helping.
Q: What do you wish others knew?
Pete may never be the same again, but we all need to continue to fight for the answers we deserve!
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