A former taekwondo world champion needed to have his leg amputated after he contracted an an infection that made his limb “explode”.
Dave Mears, 58, who was topped taekwondo champion on the World Martial Arts Championships in 1984, flew house in April 2020 after work dried up within the pandemic.
He arrange house in Stamford, Lincolshire, and lived an odd life till March 5, when he developed flu-like signs and a sky-high temperature.
Mears stated this got here hours after his AstraZeneca vaccine jab earlier than getting worse over the month. He fears it may very well be linked, nevertheless medical doctors insist the trigger is just not recognized.
Dave referred to as his GP who got here to his house, “went ballistic,” and instantly referred to as 999.
A crew from Peterborough Metropolis Hospital took one have a look at his limb and rushed him to hospital for a two-day stint earlier than being transferred to Cambridge’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
It was right here that Dave’s plight got here to a grotesque head as his “leg exploded,” sending “blood in all places.”
The 58-year-old stated: “There was blood in all places. It was terrifying. I had the operation and so they amputated the leg and I misplaced 5 items of blood.
“It was fairly severe and I used to be very poorly after that.”
He added: “I simply discover it unusual that I grew to become sick for weeks on the night time of the vaccine which has resulted in me dropping my leg.
“I believe it’s got to be linked. It has put me off having the second. The medical doctors say it’s onerous to show that it’s linked to the Covid jab and that the an infection might have been there for a while, however I do not assume its a coincidence.”
Medical doctors informed Dave they’d should function instantly and initially stated to him that he “may lose a few toes”.
Regularly, the medical crew knowledgeable him that his an infection had gone “so deep into the bone” they must chop beneath the knee.
He stated: “At first the medical doctors thought I would lose a few toes, then it was half my foot after which lastly it was I am afraid you’re going to lose your leg.
“The an infection has gone deep into the bones so that they took no possibilities and amputated slightly below the knee.”
Just lately MHRA chief government Dr June Raine stated: “Our place stays that the advantages of the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca in opposition to COVID-19, with its related threat of hospitalisation and demise, continues to outweigh the dangers for the overwhelming majority of individuals.
“The stability of advantages and dangers may be very beneficial for older folks however is extra finely balanced for youthful folks and we advise that this evolving proof needs to be taken into consideration when contemplating the usage of the vaccine, as JVCI has accomplished.”
A GoFundMe web page has since been arrange for the previous star to assist together with his restoration as soon as he’s discharged from hospital.
The crowdfunding marketing campaign has thus far raised £4,150, and Dave vows to return to the game he loves.
He stated: “I am decided to battle again from this.
“I do know I’ve an extended method to go however I need to finally return into taekwondo, albeit in a milder method, doing shows and demonstrations.
“But it surely’s an extended course of with a lot of physiotherapy. I’m constructive now however I used to be not pleased with the way it occurred.”