Mother files lawsuit against AstraZeneca after COVID jab clinical trial left her ‘permanently disabled’

A Utah woman has filed the first-ever U.S. lawsuit against AstraZeneca as per its COVID vaccine that she says left her permanently disabled.

The plaintiff, 42-year-old Brianne Dressen, took part in a U.S.-led clinical trial of AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine but then “developed a severe neurological condition,” according to The Telegraph.

She’s now suing AstraZeneca, alleging that the pharmaceutical company breached its contract by not compensating her for the debilitating side effects the vaccine engendered.

In court papers filed earlier this month, she alleged that she’d signed an agreement that had promised the company would “pay the costs of medical treatment for research injuries, provided that the costs are reasonable, and you did not cause the injury yourself.”

But they didn’t pay. This despite the nightmare the vaccine has created for her. She told The Telegraph that thanks to the vaccine, she now has peripheral neuropathy.

“This thing took me out of my job – I’m still permanently disabled,” she said. “I still have that horrific nightmare of the pins and needles sensation coursing through my body, head to toe, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

In a separate interview with Fox News, she said she decided to participate in the trial in the first place because she was healthy but wanted to make a positive difference.

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“I was a previously healthy mother of two young kids,” she revealed. “And I was a preschool teacher. And I was in pretty ideal health. I did rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding. I had a real love for the outdoors, and I was teaching my kids how to respect the outdoors as well.”

“So this active lifestyle and this situation I was in physically as well as my need and want to help us all get us out of the pandemic, is what drove me to enroll in the clinical trial. I had never had any reaction to any previous vaccine. It just was just common sense to roll up my sleeve and be part of the solution,” she added.

But now that she’s been vaccine-injured and AstraZeneca’s done virtually nothing to help, she feels there’s no other option but to sue.

“I didn’t want to do this — the drug companies, to be totally honest, let me no choice,” she said. “It has been 3-1/2 years of silence from them. We gave them ample opportunities to pitch in and help in any way, shape, or form as they agreed to do in the contract, and it just hasn’t happened. So my hands are tied.”

Especially since her medical bills reportedly range in the thousands. Plus, the condition has also deeply affected her family life.

“My kids were six and eight years old when this started, and everything revolved around our little kids,” she noted. “If they scraped their knee, they needed their mom to help them. If they needed a snack, mom was there to help them. I took them to school, and from school I made sure they had play dates.”

“I organized their birthday parties and gave them all the things that a mom does for kids at that age. And unfortunately, after my injury, everything changed for them, because no longer did the world revolve around them. The world now revolves around mom and if mom can do certain things on any given day,” she added.

The only catch in all this is that AstraZeneca did eventually offer Dressen a settlement — after first avoiding her for at least a year — but a very paltry one.

“It’s very obvious that the test clinic was also under the clear communication from the drug company that they would be providing medical and financial support if there was an injury, and they just were gone,” she said. “I mean, they couldn’t’ get away from me fast enough.”

“So they offered me a settlement over a year after my injury of $1,200. And the only reason they offered that settlement is because a mainstream reporter reached out to them for a statement. And that’s the only reason I heard from them — was to save face with the media,” she added.

In concluding her remarks, she shared her hope that her story wakes other people up to the realities of pharmaceutical companies.

“I’m hopeful that this brings a little bit of light to just what happens when things don’t go the way that the drug company wants,” she said. “It didn’t matter what I did, how cooperative I was. You know how many times I cried out for help?”

“It didn’t matter the second I was injured, I was then considered a liability. And if this is how the drug companies in general, you know, operate, especially in clinical trials, I think it’s something that people need to be aware of,” she added.

Vivek Saxena

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