Alpa Tailor for Enfield, London, had an adverse reaction to her first dose of her AstraZeneca dose in March.
“Alpa Tailor had her first dose in March, at a time when thousands of people were dying of Covid, but fell ill a week later in a brand-new syndrome that affects just one in 50,000 people under 50. A 35-year-old “loving” mum-of-two who was otherwise healthy, died due to complications caused by the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, a coroner has ruled.”
She complained of a headache, and the following day experienced paralysis on the left side of her body.
Her husband Anish said she took the vaccine to protect her family. “Life has changed for us in an unimaginable way.”
“The death of our beloved Alpa has left a huge void in our hearts and our lives, we will all truly miss her unconditional love. Alpa was a wonderful wife, loving mother, amazing daughter, sister and friend.”
On April 8th, she was rushed to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery after showing syptoms of a stroke.
Doctors carried out blood tests and quickly diagnosed her with a new syndrome called vaccine-induced immune thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (VITT).
Alpa had surgery that afternoon to relieve pressure on her brain and doctors initially thought she was responding well to treatment.
However by April 22, intensive care doctors noticed a change in brain function and carried out a CT scan to find massive brain hemorrhaging.
A post-mortem found Alpa had multiple brain clots.
Jonathan Hyam, the neurosurgeon at UCLH who performed Alpa’s surgery said: “This condition was a relentless wave of clots in multiple areas.
“A week or so after the surgery I was actually quite optimistic, I thought we had got her through a real nasty condition and I was really surprised when I found out about the tragic demise approximately two weeks afterwards.”
Professor Scully told the inquest: “Nobody could have considered diagnosing a brand new syndrome at this stage. It’s completely out of the blue.
“In April the number of people dying was very very few. Because of those statistics the UK has decided anyone under the age of 40 doesn’t receive an Astra Zeneca vaccination – because the risk of dying from COVID is so low compared to the risk of dying from VITT which has a significant mortality.”
Senior coroner Mary Hassell said: “Everything points in the same direction which is that Alpa had the AstraZeneca vaccination at a time when many many thousands of people in this country had died from coronavirus.
“And at the time when it was not known that there was a risk with one particular vaccine – the AstraZeneca vaccine – especially for younger patients.
“It’s very easy to look at this now and think if only she hadn’t if only a different decision had been made but she made the same decision that many millions of people in this country made.