This is a copy of Bob Martin's letter to the Honourable Rona Ambrose, then Conservative Minister of Health. She never replied.
The Hon. Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P.
Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney’s Pasture
Postal Locator: 0906C
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
Dear Hon. Ambrose,
I am asking for you and the Government’s full co-operation in providing proper guidance in establishing a no-fault vaccine compensation program for Canada. I am writing to you to ask for your help and also your opinion. The following is
In 2010 I had an H1N1 Flu Vaccine and came down with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS). Approximately two weeks later I ended up in the ICU in Victoria General Hospital as a quadriplegic, on a ventilator for three and a half months and was then moved to the Rehabilitation Ward for another four and a half months. I then had to learn how to talk,walk and feed myself again. As you can see, this is a very debilitating syndrome and 30% of
people who get GBS are left with adverse long-lasting effects, mostly nerve damage, pain and mobility to function on a daily basis.
Full information is available on my blog which my daughter wrote while I was hospitalized. I would appreciate it if you would please take the time to read my story which is available at ramgbs.wordpress.com.
Also, please check for updates.
I would like you, and your department's help, in working with all stakeholders to create a no-fault compensation program. The no-fault program is most important as it will create a fair and just compensation package for the injured victims from most vaccines not just the H1N1. I feel you, along
with the help of other members of Parliament, can create a very strong case to pass a Bill to compensate the injured. We would use most of the original no-fault USA package passed and administered.
The USA compensation program was passed in Congress in 1988 and was made retroactive to 1976 when a form of the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine caused many injuries to people. In the USA there was a 7 - 12% increase in GBS.
Naturally, we would make the Canadian no-fault compensation package retroactive to cover the 2009 H1N1 and all vaccines to date. There were more injuries from the H1N1 Flu vaccine during this time frame.
I should note that Canada and Russia are the only two (2) of the
G20 countries that DO NOT have a no-fault compensation program. In saying this, I feel, with you having
just being appointed to your new post, it would be fitting to start fresh and create a long overdue program.
I would like to congratulate you on your new post. I also look forward to being of any help I can in supplying my time and information regarding all or any no-fault information of which I have been researching (GBS) for the past two years.
Bob Martin GBS Survivor.