Bob Martin, a resident of Victoria, BC, experienced a severe vaccine injury following a flu shot in 2009. The vaccine caused Guillain Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease which can lead to progressive paralysis and death.
Bob was an extremely healthy man, and a fitness instructor at the Oak Bay recreation centre.
He became completely paralyzed and ended up on a ventilator in the ICU for three and a half months and in a rehabilitation centre for another four and a half months.
During and after this time he learned that there was no such thing as a vaccine injury compensation program for Canadians and set out to create one by contacting polititians and by starting a petition. He received hundreds of replies from other injured Canadians. You can see his petition and the comments here.