Health · July 5, 2022

DJ tyDi ‘paralyzed’ after Moderna vaccine, doctors won’t officially confirm

An Australian DJ says he was left partially paralyzed after the Moderna shot – but doctors have refused to link his health problems to the vaccine.

An award-winning Australian musician who was partially paralyzed claims he was told privately by five different doctors it was almost certainly a reaction to the Moderna vaccine, but they wouldn’t put it on paper for fear of being unsubscribed.

Tyson Illingworth, aka tyDi, who rose to fame at the age of 17 after being signed by Armin van Buuren’s Armada label, says he’s still in constant pain and takes daily medication and injections, more than six months later he was hospitalized and going through rehab. learn to use my hands and feet again”.

The 35-year-old was forced to tour for half a year and says his “life has been emotionally torn apart” both by his injury and by the doctors’ alleged refusal to officially acknowledge what they had told him privately.

“I was in hospital for quite a while, doing rehab, learning to use my hands and feet again, walking between traffic cones,” he told news.com.au.

“I understand that rare side effects can occur – I was unlucky. But why have five different doctors all said to me, ‘I know what this is, it’s a vaccine reaction, there’s no other explanation, but I can’t say anything because I’m being signed off’?”

The panel, which oversaw Australia’s 800,000 registered practitioners and 193,800 students last year, warned that anyone trying to “undermine” the national rollout of the Covid vaccine could face deregistration or even prosecution.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) told news.com.au it was dealing with a “number” of cases and that a “handful” of doctors had been suspended or given conditions because of “the alleged conduct of a doctor a serious danger to the public”.

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Side effect not recognized

Illingworth, a graduate of Griffith University’s renowned Queensland Conservatory who has worked with big clients like Disney on Ice, says he’s putting his reputation on the line by speaking out about his “frustrating” experience.

“I was so pro-science and pro-vaccine and so outspoken [about getting vaccinated] before that happens to me,” he said.

“I still think people should have the vaccine, I just think we should be able to have a friggin’ conversation about it. The only way to the truth is through civil discourse. What world are we in when doctors can no longer keep their oaths? If doctors can’t talk about it, all they can do is prescribe a band-aid, which could be more dangerous than getting to the root of the problem.

Illingworth received its first Moderna vaccine earlier this year.

A few weeks later, he developed “extreme neurological pain” and red marks like veins or stretch marks appeared on his sides.

His motor skills “deteriorated rapidly” and he began to lose feeling in his hands and feet before waking up partially paralyzed.

“I couldn’t move my legs, couldn’t move my hands, which is terrifying for someone who uses their hands for a job,” he said. “I couldn’t even write my name down.”

He was taken to the hospital, where doctors questioned him about his drug use. Illingworth told them he didn’t do drugs but admitted to using nitrous oxide when he was young – which they then listed as the cause.

Doctors discharged him with “neuropathy from previous drug use” and told him it was “okay for me to do another Moderna shot.”

Neuropathy is not a recognized side effect of Moderna.

Heavy or frequent use of nitrous oxide can cause neurological damage leading to peripheral neuropathy, but Illingworth says the “timetables don’t match.”

“I got the second one and actually everything came back, but worse,” he said.

“You will lose your license”

Illingworth was hospitalized twice more and discharged both times with no responses. He then went “to doctor after doctor to find out what’s happening,” and said he’d been told it was “no coincidence that the timing coincided exactly.”

“You won’t write it down,” he said.

“I felt played by the system. Doctors take an oath to help their patients, but if they are afraid of such an opt-out, how can they do their job? How can I get help? My life will never be the same again. The doctors couldn’t give me an answer – will this last forever? They said they didn’t know.”

Illingworth says he’s grateful to regain his movement but has “permanent scars” on his sides and still takes strong painkillers. He also has “moments when my vision becomes extremely blurry.”

“I have extreme pain in the mornings; Waking up is the worst,” he said.

“It’s like an electric shock – it starts in the brain and goes down to my fingers and feet, down my spine. I had never felt it before in my life. They call it neuropathic pain.”

Illingworth emphasized that he was “not opposed to vaccination”.

“I caught Covid after that – maybe I could have died, who knows, maybe the vaccine did its job,” he said.

“My concern is that I can’t sit and talk to you and say that’s the facts because the doctors can’t give me the facts because they’ve admitted they’re going to lose their license.”

He added: “I can’t say 100 percent [it was the vaccine] – I don’t think a scientist would ever be 100 percent. But I assumed I could swim laps in the pool until I couldn’t anymore. The only variable between that event and my normality was taking the vaccine.

As of June 26, there have been 6,722 reports of adverse events from approximately 4.6 million doses of Moderna, according to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

The TGA Adverse Event Reporting Database lists the most commonly reported adverse events as chest pain, followed by headache and injection site reactions.

“Like all drugs, Covid-19 vaccines can have some side effects,” says the TGA.

“Vaccination against Covid-19 is the most effective way to reduce deaths and serious illness from infections. The protective benefits of vaccination far outweigh the potential risks.”

“Handful” of doctors suspended

In a statement released in March 2021, AHPRA and National Boards warned physicians against any behavior that could “undermine” the launch of the vaccine.

“Any promotion of anti-vaccination claims or health advice that contradicts the best available scientific evidence or seeks to actively undermine the national vaccination campaign (including via social media) is unsupported by national bodies and may violate the codes of conduct and subject matter of investigations and possible regulatory action,” it said.

“Health care practitioners are reminded that it is a criminal offense under national law to advertise a regulated health service (including via social media) in a false, misleading or deceptive manner. Advertising that contains false, misleading or deceptive claims about Covid-19, including anti-vaccination material, may result in criminal prosecution by AHPRA.

Brett Simmonds, chair of the Pharmacy Board and co-chair of the Forum of Chairs of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, said in a statement at the time that “there is no place in healthcare professional practice for anti-vaccination messages and any promotion of anti-vaccination claims, including social media, and advertising may be subject to regulatory action.

A spokeswoman for AHPRA was unable to say how many health practitioners were either signed off or faced other regulatory action for undermining the vaccination campaign.

“We are dealing with a number of cases that have arisen as a result of testimonies from registered practitioners who have allegedly violated the National Boards’ codes of conduct, which was specifically addressed in the Covid-19 Opinion,” she said.

“There are a handful of practitioners whose registration has been suspended or placed with conditions because a National Board has determined that a practitioner’s alleged conduct poses a serious threat to the public or because it believes doing so is in the public interest have acted. They are interim decisions designed to protect the public while our investigation continues.”

She added: “While we will intervene where the public is at serious risk, the majority of practitioners are doing the right thing and have spearheaded Australia’s remarkable public health response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We commend them for this sustained public health response.”

frank.chung@news.com.au

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