Vaccine victim needs your help
Ben Hammond, a hard-working miner, husband, and primary provider for his family, was struck with a life-threatening paralytic vaccine reaction shortly after his youngest child was born prematurely. Before being allowed to see his newborn son, Ben was required to have a dTpa vaccine on the basis that this would allegedly protect his newborn and other newborns in the special care nursery, where his premature son was being cared for.
Unfortunately, it was this shot which landed Ben in the same hospital as his son, fighting for his life as a wave of paralysis crept up his spine, stopping his heart two separate times. What was supposed to protect his son almost separated son and father forever.
The consultant Immunologist who examined Ben as part of the investigation into this adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) stated that "clinically, the temporal association, biological plausibility and lack of other triggers would be consistent with a post-vaccination ADEM, which has been described for a number of vaccines including the Diphtheria Tetanus Polio (dTpa) combination vaccine. As such this represents a serious AEFI with probable causality."
ADEM stands for Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, an autommune condition affecting the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).
Amazingly Ben survived, and spent a lengthy period in rehabilitation, eventually learning to walk again, albeit unsteadily. However, the autoimmune reaction that attacked his spinal cord caused permanent harm, and he lives with the ongoing effects of damage to the function of many of his systems, and is unable to provide for his family.
Despite being unable, so far, to obtain government or other compensation for his injury, Ben and his wife lived off savings and family help for a couple of years until they hit a financial wall. Their house in foreclosure, Tanya full-time caring for Ben, and their bills piling up, they swallowed their pride and turned to the public for help. The wonderful generosity of their donors has kept the Hammonds in their home, and able to both buy medical supplies and put food on the table for their five kids.
Their last GoFundMe aimed to raise money for a move from Kalgoorlie to Perth, where they could be closer to more advanced healthcare services and support from extended family. This is still their goal, but has temporarily been put on hold while the more immediate costs of living need to be covered, and the family awaits an upcoming court date.
The Hammonds want to say a big thank you to everyone who has kept them going over the last two years, and in humility ask for further assistance knowing there are many others who are also struggling. For those who can help, it would mean so much to them right now.
As some would be aware, Ben is currently engaged in litigation against the WA government hospital that administered the vaccine to him, and whilst his legal team are generously acting for him in a pro bono capacity, this does not extend to the costs of obtaining the necessary expert reports required to succeed. These expert reports don’t come cheap.
A pre-trial conference has been set down for 24 July 2017.
After four long years, the Hammonds are finally standing right before the finish line and we can help them get the justice they have been fighting for all this time.
If Ben is successful in his litigation, it will be a watershed for vaccine injury law in Australia. You need to know that in helping Ben to win his case, you will not only be delivering to him and his family a much- deserved personal victory. You will also be delivering a big win to our entire community!
If Ben is successful in his litigation, finally there will be accountability in Australia for the real harm that vaccines can cause - hospitals and government departments will know that they can be held responsible for harming people with their coercive policies around vaccination and they will no longer be able to walk away scot-free!
Please give whatever you can afford. Every little bit counts. Let's get the Hammonds across the finishing line!
Thank you so much for your support.
Just a huge thanks to all that have donated. I am truly humbled by everyone's help and support to make it this far! It has certainly lifted a huge burden from us in meeting our legal expenses, and we are so close to achieving our target! Truly awesome!
So far we have had two expert reports completed which will greatly add support to my legal case. Not only that, I have been given extensive time to discuss the magnitude of issues I face, and have gained further knowledge to help me through what I have to face with health issues now, and into the future.
I am extremely grateful for all of the support we have been given so far, and will forever wear the burden of extending to the community for help. I can assure you that if I end up in a position to be able to help back other people in need, Tanya and I will.
It has not been easy for me to swallow my pride and dignity and ask for charity. Five years ago, I would never have thought that I would have to put my hand out for help, because I have always prided myself on paying my own way and providing for my family.
What we have raised so far is amazing, but making our financial goal will provide us with a solid foundation overall, so your sharing and raising awareness will help us achieve our target when we are so close!
Thanks again for your help, support and respect, and I hope we can honour your donations by getting justice, not just for me, but for other Australians who have been injured by vaccines!