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In Crossfield, Alberta. the family is threatening to take legal action against Olds College and Rexal Pharmacy for administering a COVID-19 vaccine to their daughter with special needs without consent.
Ryan Gassner spoke exclusively with the Western standard about their daughter’s experience in September and asked that her name not be used to protect her identity.
âMy daughter is in a transition to work program at Olds College,â Gassner said of her 18-year-old daughter who suffers from epilepsy and has developmental delays.
“We have full guardianship of her, which is essentially the same as if she was under 18.”
The family enrolled their daughter in the one-year program at Old’s College in August.
âThis is really a great program for kids with tough futures. It really prepares them to be self-reliant. She lives with a roommate who is also her caregiver and attends her college classes every day, âsaid Gassner, who added that her daughter was functioningâ at a cognitive level of around 11 years â.
Gassner said her daughter suffered from a number of serious allergies and, although she received most of her vaccines as a child, “we had to avoid several because of her risk of anaphylaxis and illnesses. ingredients of these vaccines “.
Due to the risk of her daughter’s reaction to other vaccines, Gassner said their family doctor was preparing a medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine and had made an appointment with the doctor for September 25. .
As the college implemented a mandatory vaccination policy from September 20 with the option of a rapid test every 72 hours, Gassner and his wife, Brandy, made arrangements to take their daughter from Olds to Airdrie for a quick test twice a week.
âWe didn’t even hear about it from college. We heard about the vaccination policy from our daughter’s babysitter who forwarded the email to us a few days before the policy was put in place, âsaid Gassner.
“We told our daughter that we would do a quick test for her to go to school next week and we planned to pick her up on Monday to take her to Airdrie for a quick test.”
âThis Sunday morning she went to college and when she came in they asked her if she was vaccinated and she said ‘no’. She didn’t understand and had no idea what they were asking her.
Gassner said that, according to her daughter, one of her trainers advised her to go to the pharmacy to get the shot so she could access school. He and his wife learned of their daughter’s vaccination the next day via text message.
âSunday I had my first shot and the quick is tomorrow. I had to have it if I wanted to go to class yesterday. It was a big needle that they put in my arm, âthe girl wrote to her mother.
âShe doesn’t know the difference between the vaccine and rapid tests. She thinks it’s the same, âGassner said.
Gassner and his wife were “baffled” by the news, citing in their legal letter the “gross negligence of program directors to directly inform guardians of policy changes and to contact us and obtain our direct consent.”
âI mean, we had to sign a waiver so that she could use the pool on campus, so they were aware of our full guardianship,â Gassner said.
Gassner said her daughter only applied for her health card at the pharmacy and did not have to produce any other ID.
The Western standard spoke with Tony Lee, a pharmacist at the Rexall Pharmacy in Olds where Gassner’s daughter was vaccinated.
“We make sure the person understands the procedure they are receiving and if we think they understand and have accepted the procedure, we consider that consent,” Lee said, adding that she is not asking for age or additional identification beyond an Alberta health center. number.
The vaccine appears to be having adverse effects on his daughter, the father said.
âFortunately, our daughter didn’t have an anaphylactic reaction to the bite, but since the vaccine everything has changed completely with her,â Glassner said.
âWhen she was diagnosed with epilepsy seven years ago, with the right medication, we were able to stop her seizures completely. It has been seven years now since she had a seizure.
Since the vaccine, her daughter has now had “two confirmed grand mal seizures” – which cause unconsciousness and violent muscle contractions – and additional, less severe seizures.
âOur family doctor referred us to a neurologist who told us that ‘logically something has changed,’ but won’t link it to the vaccine,â Gassner said.
Gassner said that since the vaccine her daughter’s cognitive abilities have “collapsed”, she finds it difficult to attend classes and stay awake and said her conversation skills are now comparable to “a patient with dementia. full-fledged â.
Seeking legal support, Gassner and his wife contacted Airdrie attorney Derek From with WKA Lawyers.
A legal letter was drafted and sent to Olds College and Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd. claiming that the girl was “coerced into being vaccinated against COVID-19 against her will”, and contrary to the wishes of the parents.
The letter qualifies the actions taken by the college and pharmacy as “negligent and reckless battery” and could be considered “criminal assault”.
âWe’re not here to make money in this area,â Gassner said.
“Basically we ask for an apology from the college and assurances that they will take guardianship seriously in the future for us and for other students in the same situation.”
The family is also asking for written assurance that no health care decision will be made for their daughter without their knowledge and consent, that “unwanted and unsolicited COVID-19 vaccination” will no longer be administered to anyone. on campus and their legal fees are covered.
âAll we’ve heard from the college so far is that they’ve received the letter and they’re investigating. They have until Nov. 15 to respond and if they don’t, we will consider moving forward with criminal charges, âGassner said.
Gassner said he and his wife wanted to draw attention to this situation so that other parents and guardians are aware of the dangers that can arise and ensure that the rights of guardians and parents are respected and protected.
âWe don’t want to lay charges, but we want to make sure that doesn’t happen to anyone else in a similar situation,â Gassner said.
“It’s no understatement that this was a major risk to our daughter’s health for no reason, because another solution was available and respected.”
The Western standard contacted Olds College for comment, but did not receive a response in time for the post.
Melanie Risdon is a reporter at Western Standard