A mother of two claims she has been in debilitating pain and is now dependent on a wheelchair to get around after receiving three doses of a Covid vaccine.
Mel Guevremont, 37, says she’s gone from an avid gym-goer, surfer, snowboarder and rock climber to barely able to take a few steps around her house before her legs give out.
Ms Guevremont, from Sydney, claims her body has broken down and she has been forced to wear a neck brace since she received her third mRNA vaccine from Pfizer in March 2021.
“It completely and utterly destroyed my life,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I’m skin and bone. I don’t recognize myself. It’s not my body and I wake up every day with a new symptom. It’s a grieving process.’
Ms Guevremont and her partner Richard Ellison, who moved to Australia from Canada seven years ago, said they were forced to sell their Manly unit because it was on the fourth floor and she struggles with stairs.
They now live with their two boys in a single storey house in Maroubra, a suburb in southeastern Sydney.
Ms. Guevremont said she has spent more than $25,000 visiting specialists, including neurologists and rheumatologists, but has not found them helpful.
Mel Guevremont (pictured with her partner Richard Ellison and their two sons) says the Pfizer vaccines ruined her life
Ms Guevremont said she was “an adrenaline junkie” before the vaccines. She is pictured here on a snowboarding holiday in New Zealand
Mel Guevremont says she was left in a wheelchair after three doses of the Covid vaccine
Her comments come after a landmark class action lawsuit was filed in April against the Australian government, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the Department of Health.
The nationwide lawsuit, which reportedly has 500 members, seeks redress for those allegedly injured or robbed by the Covid vaccines.
Ms Guevremont said she was a fit and healthy woman who regularly participated in outdoor activities, but her active lifestyle has changed dramatically.
“Right before these punches I was snowboarding in New Zealand. The only problem I had was a bruised knee from too much surfing and basketball,” she said.
‘I was an adrenaline junkie. I didn’t stop. It’s quite a collision for me to barely be able to hold a cup of coffee or hold my own neck.
“How do you go from snowboarding, tearing up a mountain, and having a great time, only to find you can’t hold your neck anymore?”
Ms. Guevremont claims she also suffers from electric shock, unexplained weight loss and physical weakness.
“I went to a beauty salon and after a while I couldn’t feel my legs anymore,” she said.
“When I tried to get up, my legs collapsed completely. I laughed a little and brushed it off.
“I thought it might have to do with post-pregnancy hormones.”
Before the Pfizer jabs, Ms. Guevremont, 37, was an avid surfer who took to the water every week
Ms. Guevremont says she struggles to do basic physical activities, such as walking to the park or even picking up her two boys, ages two and four.
‘It breaks my heart. My youngest wants to play soccer, and he knows I’ve played soccer with him before, and all of a sudden I can’t,” she said.
“I wonder if I’ll be there for my kids.”
The mom has been making goodbye videos for her boys, just in case she’s “not around” when they get older.
In July 2021, Ms Guevremont contracted Covid-19, which she said took four days to get over, after which “she was fine”.
In November 2021, her condition deteriorated and she passed out and collapsed.
“My partner rushed me to hospital and I stayed there for a week,” she said.
She said a specialist suggested she may have a “post-vaccination syndrome and possibly a post-viral syndrome,” although she wrote only the second diagnosis in her notes.
In referrals from Daily Mail Australia, hospitals and neurologists have diagnosed Ms Guevremont with ‘suspected vaccine damage’.
Despite multiple tests, doctors were initially baffled as to what struck Ms. Guevremont (pictured here in the hospital). She was eventually diagnosed with ‘suspected vaccine damage’, according to references seen by Daily Mail Australia
Reports of hospital discharge – including the one seen here – attribute Ms Guevremont’s symptoms to ‘suspected vaccine damage’
Last year Ms Guevremont self-reported as a vaccine injury to the TGA but said she was still waiting for a response.
“They fail to follow up and investigate,” she said.
A TGA spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that a ‘confirmation email requesting further information has been sent in response to an adverse event report submitted by Ms Guevremont’.
They added: ‘The TGA strongly encourages vaccine recipients and healthcare professionals to report their experience of suspected side effects, even if there is only a very remote possibility that a vaccine was the cause.
“The TGA uses these reports to look for patterns in the reporting that may indicate a new safety signal for a vaccine.”
The spokesperson said such a signal will lead to “appropriate regulatory action, including making changes to a vaccine’s product information and communicating information to physicians.”
“To date, the TGA has taken more than 43 regulatory actions to include new safety information in product information documents,” the TGA representative said.
But Ms Guevremont said she felt “let down” and turned to Kerryn Phelps, the former head of the Australian Medical Association, for help.
Last December, Professor Phelps told a parliamentary inquiry into long Covid that both she and her wife had been injured by vaccination.
Ms Guevremont said Professor Phelps was very kind and supportive in referring her to a neurologist who “specialized in vaccine injuries” but who turned out to be too busy to see her.
She also condemned Services Australia’s vaccine injury compensation scheme.
“The compensation scheme is a joke,” she said.
The Pfizer vaccine compensation scheme includes about 10 eligible conditions, but these do not include neurological conditions such as Guillain-Barre syndrome and transverse myelitis, although they are listed for AstraZeneca injections.
Ms Guevremont is exploring experimental treatments in the US after seeing numerous specialists and trying different therapies in Australia
“The TGA and regulators around the world continue to monitor and analyze Covid-19 vaccine safety data from hundreds of millions of people, and the latest evidence from clinical trials and peer-reviewed medical literature,” the TGA spokesperson said.
“This information continues to overwhelmingly support the safe and effective use of Covid-19 vaccines.
“It remains the consensus of international regulators and health departments that the benefits of Covid-19 vaccination still far outweigh the rare risks.”
Ms. Guevremont is currently researching experimental treatments and may be moving to the US to receive them.
She has also been involved in social media groups sharing claims of vaccine injuries.
Her partner has one GoFundMe to help fund the family’s possible relocation or to fund treatment in Australia if his wife is not well enough to travel.
What the Therapeutic Goods Administration says about vaccines
The TGA’s health safety report, published on April 20, shows that the adverse risks of the Covid vaccine are extremely low.
There were a total of 138,307 adverse event reports from nearly 66 million vaccine doses administered — a rate of just 0.2 percent.
The protective benefits of vaccination far outweigh the potential risks.
The drug regulator has identified a total of 14 reports in which the cause of death was related to vaccination and said no new vaccine-related deaths had been recorded since 2022.
“The TGA is closely monitoring reports of suspected side effects (also called side effects) of the COVID-19 vaccines,” it said.
“This is the most intensive safety monitoring of vaccines ever conducted in Australia.”
Side effects to the vaccine are rare, occurring about every two out of every 1,000 injections.
The TGA verified several medical conditions that could have been caused by the vaccine, including an anaphylactic reaction, myocarditis, pericarditis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome.