(WFLA) – A forensic pathologist in the United Kingdom determined that a woman died in March 2021 due to a rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, according to a report from the BBC this week.
The BBC reported that South Yorkshire Coroner Nicola Mundy listed the cause of death of 34-year-old Kim Lockwood as vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT), an extremely rare condition.
The British media said Lockwood, the mother of two sons, complained of a headache eight days after receiving the vaccine. Lockwood thought it was a pre-existing condition that was causing her pain, but Mundy said this was not the case.
The BBC said Lockwood sought help at Rotherham Hospital on March 22, 2021, but left after waiting too long.
When she returned the next day, Lockwood had blurred vision and vomited. In the middle of the day, she could not even form whole sentences.
Seventeen hours after being hospitalized, Lockwood died.
Mundy said Lockwood was “extremely unlucky” and that the treatment would not have saved the mother of two from the “sudden and catastrophic” bleeding on her brain.
At the time of Lockwood’s death, there was very little to link the vaccine to the newly diagnosed syndrome, but medical advances have allowed physicians to recognize the condition.
The BBC reported that there have been 438 confirmed cases of VITT with 78 deaths following the report. By comparison, over 24 million people have received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
American Society of Hematology wrote in January 2022 that VITT is characterized by low platelet counts and blood clots, usually in the brain or stomach.
Although the condition is extremely rare, it is said to be more prevalent among those who took the AstraZeneca / Johnson and Johnson adenoviral vaccine. Experts said severe symptoms can manifest four to 42 days after getting the shot, although the first symptoms typically occur between six to 14 days.
ASH said those who have the following symptoms should seek medical evaluation:
- Severe headache
- Visual changes
- Abdominal pains
- Nausea and vomiting
- Back pain
- Shortness of breath
- Leg pain or swelling
- Petechiae, slight bruising or bleeding
If trapped, the condition can be treated.