ADAM Rowland was better than fit: he was a consultant in sports physiotherapy working with some of the most high-profile golfers in the world.
Before the pandemic struck, he was based at the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) in the US. The top prize for winning the PGA Tour is an average of $4.5million (£3.7million) a week, an illustration of the players’ athletic value. Those elite sportsmen needed Adam to keep them in prime physical condition, which he did.
To ensure he kept up with his clients such as PGA winner Jason Day, Adam cycled six days a week, did weight training four days a week, worked out on the rowing machine, and he ran too.
That was until two AstraZeneca jabs destroyed his life, destroyed his marriage to his wife Leanne, 49, and left him suicidal, talking to his 77-year-old mother Joan about whether she could assist him if he wanted to end it.
Adam, 48, from Manchester, said: ‘I was at the top of my profession. It took me 16 years to get there but it’s unlikely I’ll ever work again.
‘My mother has Parkinson’s and for years nursed my dad, who died of bowel cancer, so for her to see me like this is really hard.
‘I pray that I don’t have to take my life that but that’s where I’m at. I’ve lost everything. I am bedridden and I’m fighting to get full time carers. I just want peace now.’
A father to daughters Lilli, 18, and Amber, 26, and stepfather to Jordan, 28, and Callum, 26, he said: ‘My life is getting worse, not better. I’m in constant pain. I feel like I’m watching my body die. I don’t get to see my daughters; I don’t get to see anyone.’
His financial situation is as bad as his physical one. His salary was £80,000 with £5,000 a week expenses. He now survives on meagre benefits of less than £1,000 a month, and that includes disability allowance.
It was in February and May 2021 when Adam received AstraZeneca batch numbers AB 0012 and PV 46678 in the UK. He came back before lockdowns started and had a full-time job with rugby league club, Warrington Wolves.
He said: ‘After the first injection, I got a fever and was in bed for four days. I’d been suffering insomnia which got worse, and I started having fits in bed, up to 15 a night. They were like extreme vertigo, like your brain might feel if you’d been on a fairground waltzer. I could not lie flat, so I’d sit up in a chair all night. I developed of fear of going to bed.
‘My doctor said I was suffering from nocturnal panic attacks and anxiety. I was prescribed sleeping tablets and antidepressants, but my symptoms got worse.
‘I didn’t really link it to the vaccine either until I had the second shot. I’ve had vaccines all my life and occasionally taken medication and never had any side effects or problems.’
He developed memory problems and began forgetting names, he had shooting pains in his limbs, and he couldn’t sleep for up to five nights in a row. He knows what depression is like because he suffered in 2014 when his father was dying, and it didn’t feel the same, but he trusted the doctor and took the pills. Again, they made him worse. Adam said: ‘I got so ill, I had to ask for time off for the first time in my life.’
After a month, he managed a phased return to work but was struggling with lack of sleep. Then came jab two which Adam was determined to have, believing it would protect family and friends.
‘About a week later I began experiencing chest pains and dizziness. I ignored the pains for another week but passed out trying to stand up. A few days later my chest pains were so severe I felt like I was dying. I called an ambulance and was taken to Warrington Hospital A&E. They did an ECG (electrocardiogram) to measure my heartbeat and checked my troponin levels. These show whether you’re having a heart attack. All tests came back clear so they put it down to a panic attack.’
Then came the NHS gaslighting. Adam insisted he didn’t feel right but his GP had no more suggestions. However the rugby club’s cardiologist recommended a 24-hour ECG which showed Adam was suffering from ventricular tachycardia (VT), irregular heartbeat which can cause heart attack and death. Warrington’s tests hadn’t picked this up, but he was immediately taken back where a d-dimer blood test, used to show up blood clots, came back positive, although Adam wasn’t told that at the time.
Warrington admitted him to a high dependency coronary care unit where he stayed for a week, unable to do anything other than lie as still as possible. The smallest movements sent his heart into overdrive. ‘I was stuck in a room, bored and scared,’ he said.
He went home but between June 2021 and June 2022 was taken to hospital by ambulance ten times. Finally, a scan showed three blood clots in his lungs.
Adam still got no sympathy: ‘On one of those admissions the nurses were shouting at me and telling me there was nothing wrong with me even though by then, I’d been diagnosed with pericarditis and blood clots. They told me: “stop coming to hospital, your GP should manage this.” They accused me of coming to hospital just to get drugs.
‘In July 2022 I had a visit from the High Intensity Team whose job it was to stop me calling out inappropriate ambulances.
‘Two nurses came to my house but by the time they left they completely supported me and told me that I must call an ambulance when I felt unwell. They couldn’t believe how horrifically ill I was.
‘It was kind but didn’t solve the problem. I’d get to the hospital and be waiting for over a day in the corridor. There’s absolutely no sympathy and the doctors who are sympathetic don’t know what to do because there’s no official guidance for vaccine damage.’
A year earlier, on August 11, 2021, I contacted the Royal College of GPs (RCOG) to ask what protocol had been put in place to manage the vaccine injured. It took four emails to elicit a response from RCOG’s chair Professor Martin Marshall. His statement was woefully inadequate. He had no protocol to report. He wrote: ‘The NHS has very well-established and effective protocols for reporting suspected vaccine harm and every case is treated very seriously.
‘If adverse reactions do occur in general practice, patients can contact their practice where these will be recorded and reported to medicines regulator, the MHRA.’ In other words, there is no protocol but please let the Yellow Card Scheme know.
This lack of concern for patients adds enormously to their distress. Adam has since been blue-lighted to hospital five more times and sent home without answers or effective treatment.
In August 2022, he saw a specialist at the Brompton Hospital who said he was vaccine-injured and confessed he’d seen about 240 other patients suffering the same injuries. Adam’s diagnosis runs across six pages and confirms the vaccine injury with ‘multi-system involvement’. Alongside the clots in his lungs and the heart damage, he has muscle wasting, carpal tunnel lesions, a loss of bone marrow, his toenails have died, he has no feeling in his lower limbs and he was prescribed blood thinners.
It’s a heavy load but he gets little care. He said: ‘They won’t keep me in the hospital unless I have something immediately life-threatening. I scare them. Every time I go to hospital, I take the six-page document that says what’s wrong with me and that it was caused by vaccination. They don’t gaslight me any more, but they don’t want to know because they’re worried about prescribing me the wrong drug and getting sued.’
Adam’s life was idyllic in many ways. He had a job that he loved so much that instead of watching television after a hard day he would look at physiotherapy books. He, Leanne and Lilli enjoyed luxury holidays and lived in a three-bedroom semi-detached house.
Then his marriage to Leanne broke down after his first vaccine and Adam moved in with his ailing mother.
To try to find a doctor to help him recover he saw a private chest specialist at the Withington Hospital, Manchester. She then transferred his care to the NHS.
Adam has tried to report his symptoms to the Yellow Card Scheme but says each time he enters his batch number, the report fails to submit.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), who run the Yellow Card Scheme designed to pick up problems with new medication, said: ‘We are not aware of any current IT issues that might prevent someone from submitting a Yellow Card report. We ask anyone experiencing issues to contact the Yellow Card team via firstname.lastname@example.org with a summary of the issue so that it can be investigated by an expert.’
Adam has found treatment protocols available to the vaccine injured in other countries. The NHS doesn’t provide them, so he is raising £30,000 in the hope they may save his life.
Adam said: ‘If I can get treatment, I hope one day that I can be well enough to take my grandson to the park, walk my dog, work again, or serve others in some capacity.’
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