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Tim Downs, Plumber

First Dose of J&J on 04/29/21 Lot #205A21A

Baltimore, Maryland

53 yrs old

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

Normal & very active

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

I am a plumber & most of our jobs are in hospitals, so it’s mandatory.

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

A few weeks later I woke up in the middle of the night, and I thought I was having a heart attack. It ended up being a pulmonary embolism.

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

I had to start seeing a hematologist once a week & eventually had to go to the emergency room, because my platelets were dropping so low.

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

I was being seen at St Joseph hospital where they did a bone marrow biopsy & diagnosed me with idiopathic thrombocytopenia. I received steroids & antibodies, and then was told I could not go back to work, because I was at high risk of internal bleeding.

Then they started treating me with Rituximab (a chemo drug...for 6 hours at a time). This did not help.

I eventually went to John’s Hopkins for a 2nd opinion & a 2nd bone marrow biopsy. This time I was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia & the only cure was a bone marrow transplant, which I had December 29, 2021. Now I am trying to recover as I am 79 days post transplant, but I have had many complications. My quality of life is not well right now, & I’m hoping to get some relief.

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

I asked my doctor if she reported it to Vaers & she said not yet.....she said that even though J&J is known for blood clots, there is no way to prove it.

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


Q: Have you had Covid before?


Q: What do you wish others knew?

I wish we weren’t misled into thinking that the vaccine was 100% safe.

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