by Chris Bailey
29 September 2021, Ventura County CA
Jim Smyth was heavily motivated to take the Pfizer COVID-19 shots. A retired 73 year old electrician living in San Diego County, CA, he tried to stay in good health, and enjoyed his California lifestyle.
Jim took the first Pfizer COVID-19 shot on February 1, 2021 and his second shot on February 22, 2021 from his Healthcare provider. His comorbidity concern was contacting a SARS-COV-2 infection with his age and a prior heart attack. There was some history of heart issues in his family. He was a successful heart bypass surgery patient.
Jim was typical among most in the construction trades, who never complain unless something was very wrong. His brother made an observation in mid March 2021 that “Jim was weaving out of lanes, and not maintaining lane position” when Jim chauffeured him around during his visit to San Diego.
Maybe Jim’s eyesight was failing? Friction about Jim’s driving skills came to a head over Father’s Day 2021 when his wife was scared by brushing against foliage on the side of a winding road. There was no damage, but Jim agreed to calm concerns and had his vision checked.
The eye doctor confirmed that Jim still had corrected 20/20 vision, but his peripheral vision was completely gone, and could only be the result of a stroke or a mass on the brain. With that information, Jim walked into the Emergency Room on June 22, 2021 and stayed overnight for testing and evaluation. With a full blood workup and an MRI, he was diagnosed with a mild stroke and sent home.
His vision continued to deteriorate, and Jim admitted to headaches before a 2nd visit to the Emergency Room on July 2, 2021. Another MRI showed the “stroke was healing” and he was sent home. At the insistence of a medical professional family member Jim was advised to return to the hospital.
His widow remembers his frustration in his deteriorating health, saying “I hate to think that I did this to myself by insisting on taking the vaccine.” His headaches persisted, his vision continued to weaken, brain fog was evident and he no longer felt comfortable walking without assistance. His family was told to declare “his health has declined in the last 24 hours”
From July 10th to the 13th Jim received another full blood work up, an immunodeficiency infusion and a specialized MRI, known as an MRA.
The infusion treatment did not improve Jim’s vision. Based on the testing, the neurologist made a preliminary diagnosis of CJD. Jim was sent home, to wait for spinal tap results, which confirmed the CJD diagnosis with 98% certainty 2 weeks later.
He succumbed to CJD at home at the age of 74 on August 23, 2021. There was no history of Prion Disease in Jim’s family. A review of the different types of CJD can be found here. It had been 6 months to the day since Jim completed the Pfizer COVID-19 shots.
Though the hospital neurologist said he would report this as a ( VAERS) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System risk of the COVID-19 vaccine, to this day it hasn’t been reported by either neurologist who worked the case.
In hindsight, Jim’s widow has noted that during Jim’s care in the hospital, staff continually checked adverse conditions between medications Jim took, and treatments they wanted to try to help with his symptoms. Nobody ever asked those questions prior to Jim’s COVID-19 shots.
The Cleveland Clinic , a research center for Prion Disease, is reporting a link between COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s-like brain impairment. A separate Norwegian study is also looking into a relationship with COVID-19 and impaired brain function.
Another article written concerning the review of a patient who developed CJD from a SARS-COV-2 infection is available here. Social media platforms have quashed content which questions the safety, purpose or efficacy of COVID-19 shots, as YouTube has on 29 September 2021. In this atmosphere, it is exceedingly difficult for patients and loved ones to make decisions that rely on the Informed Consent relationship between medical professionals and their patients.
Family members and patients need to take charge of their health and challenge medical advice to ensure the advice is based in sound medical practices. In addition, all medications are required to have clinical data, available to patients in a form that allows reasoned and Informed Consent
Chris Bailey is a reporter-at-large of citizensjournal.us, a business owner, military veteran and longtime resident of Camarillo