Preface by Christopher Wyatt | TLB staff writer/documentary producer
Take a good look at this story and ask yourself if you would inflict such pain on yourself or anyone you love? Vaccines cause injury 100% of the time and they cause death! This is why I am begging you to embrace real food, exercise, and to seek out the childhood illnesses for your families. These things are the building blocks of the immune system and will serve you far better than any vaccine.
Being in the know means that we have a moral duty to fight back against what could be the largest human rights violation in human history. We have to be willing to educate everyone and we have to find a way to give a voice to all vaccine injuries. The importance of natural immunity needs to become part of the conversation, and we have to make the public aware that vaccines cause injury 100% of the time and that it is about so much more than Autism.
This is a war for human health and that we have to be willing to sacrifice everything to protect those who might not be able to protect themselves. Until tactics change people are going to continue to be injured by vaccines, natural immunity will be denied, and sadly there will be death!!! LOTS AND LOTS OF DEATH!!!
I encourage those who have been harmed by vaccines to scream to the world at the top of their lungs!!! I am begging the non vax / anti vaccine movement to adopt bolder more in your face tactics!!! 2017 can not be a year where we are quiet!!! Millions upon millions are being vaccine injured but most people only learn about the possibility of vaccine injury after it happens to their family!!! We have to be talking to the parents but we have to put a special emphasis on the elderly, the older children, and college students because this is the fastest growing market for vaccines. We can not cower, we can not be afraid of what the pro vaxers think of us, and we can not be afraid to tell the truth!!!
We need to be at the farmers markets, at the state fairs, we need to be at the vaccine clinics, and we need to be a strong presence on college campuses and in nursing homes. Any place there are people to educate we need to be there! Any place offering vaccines that harm human health we need to be there!
As a movement we have to understand that talking about vaccine injury in a secret group on facebook is NOT activism!!! Social media can be an important tool but it should supplement our real world activities, it should not be the sole platform of the non vax / anti vaccine movement. We have to do the real work and that involves getting out into the streets and making sacrifices. (CW)
Hammond family: Ben Hammond with son James.
Kalgoorlie father sues after vaccine reaction left him permanently disabled
By Tim Clarke, PerthNow
A MAN left permanently disabled after a one-in-a-million bad reaction to a whooping cough vaccination is preparing to face off against the WA Government to claim millions of dollars in medical negligence compensation.
Ben Hammond, his wife Tanya and their five children have been left emotionally and financially crippled since the 2012 injection.
Experts say the injection led to Mr Hammond contracting acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, an autoimmune disease causing irreversible spinal cord damage.
The rare reaction left Mr Hammond without any feeling from the waist down, with difficulty walking and memory loss — a reaction traced by an immunology expert to the vaccine given weeks earlier at King Edward Memorial Hospital so he could visit his prematurely born son.
After failing in several appeals for an ex gratia payment from the Government, the Hammonds are pursuing a negligence claim against the WA health minister — litigation they believe could be a watershed for vaccine injury law in Australia.
The couple say that what they really want is a chance to live a normal life.
“Before this we lived a normal, peaceful life — now it is non-stop roller-coaster,” Mr Hammond said. “This is not about millions of dollars or a mansion. This is about allowing us to live a normal life with our children.”
The family are being supported in their battle by former Federal MP Alannah MacTiernan, who has called on Attorney-General Michael Mischin to intervene and grant the family an ex gratia payment.
The Hammonds have also been backed to the tune of $10,000 by public donations after launching a GoFundMe page to appeal for financial help to compile expert reports to be used in court.
Ms MacTiernan said any negligence payout would help pay for Mr Hammond’s long-term medical treatment, which includes hundreds of dollars a month in supplies, as well as compensating the family for the loss of his $280,000-a-year salary earned as a mine supervisor.
She is also calling for a national compensation scheme for those who suffer a rare adverse effect from a vaccination.
A 2010 World Health Organisation bulletin estimated that 19 countries have such a scheme.
“It is very sad that the family have had to go down this legal route because this is a case where the Government and the family should have been able to get together and work out a solution,” Ms MacTiernan said.
Kalgoorlie State MP Wendy Duncan has raised the case with Premier Colin Barnett and former prime minister Tony Abbott, who wrote to the family expressing “sympathy for the rare adverse event that Mr Ben Hammond suffered following immunisation”.
“Sympathy is actually not going to help here,” Ms Duncan said in response. “This young family is in dire straits.”
The Kalgoorlie family are also fighting on another legal front — their home was raided by police in January last year on suspicions that methamphetamine was being manufactured at the property.
Kalgoorlie father Ben Hammond and his wife Tanya Hammond. Picture: Vaccine Injuries Awareness
No evidence of that drug was found but police allege cannabis material and a smoking implement were discovered.
The family say it was being used by Mr Hammond to ease his muscle spasms and other physical ailments.
While she was still a Federal MP, Ms MacTiernan revealed in Parliament that she had asked WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan for an independent investigation of police behaviour during the raid.
“This family are very simply trying to get some justice and some reasonable compensation for the very severe trauma and loss that they have suffered — not because anyone is at fault but because they participated in the vaccination program that was asked of them,” she said.
Mr Hammond has pleaded not guilty to the cannabis charges.
A pre-trial conference for the negligence claim will be held later this year.