BBC presenter Lisa Shaw, 44, died due to blood clot complications caused by AstraZeneca covid vaccine three weeks after she had first jab.
A coroner concluded today (August 26) in what is believed to be the first time a Covid jab has officially been ruled the underlying cause of death in the UK.
Lisa Shaw, who worked for BBC Radio Newcastle, died in May after experiencing headaches after receiving her first dose of the British-made vaccine.
Lisa Shaw died as a result of blood clots in her brain, which caused a fatal stroke, according to Coroner Karen Dilks.
Three weeks after the injection, she died at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
In a statement issued after the hearing, the family of Lisa Shaw said:
“This is another difficult day in what has been a devastating time for us.
The death of our beloved Lisa has left a terrible void in our family and in our lives. She truly was the most wonderful wife, mum, daughter, sister and friend.
We have said all we want to say in public at this time and ask to be left alone to grieve and rebuild our lives in private. Thank you.”
Lisa Shaw, who was not known to have any underlying health problems, suffered ‘severe’ headaches a week after having the jab and fell seriously ill a few days later.
Her relatives previously said:
“She was treated by the RVI’s [Royal Victoria Infirmary] intensive care team for blood clots and bleeding in her head.
Tragically she passed away, surrounded by her family, on Friday afternoon. We are devastated and there is a Lisa-shaped hole in our lives that can never be filled. We will love and miss her always.
It’s been a huge comfort to see how loved she was by everyone whose lives she touched, and we ask for privacy at this time to allow us to grieve as a family.”
The coroner said: “On April 29 2021, she had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and, following that, she developed a vaccine-induced thrombosis and thrombocytopenia — a rare and aggressive complication associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was the underlying cause of her death.”
Overall there have been 417 cases of blood clotting after the AstraZeneca vaccine out of nearly 50million doses administered, according to the UK’s medical watchdog.
Seventy-two Britons have died as a result of the complication but Lisa Shaw’s case is believed to be the first to be officially attributed to the jab by a coroner.
The clotting disorder, which appears to be more common in young people, prompted UK health officials to recommend that all under-40s take Pfizer or Moderna instead.