BBC presenter died of vaccine complications, inquest confirms

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A BBC presenter died from rare complications linked to the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, an inquest has heard.

Lisa Shaw, who worked for BBC Radio Newcastle, started complaining of headaches in May, just days after getting her first dose of the vaccine developed by academics at the University of Oxford.

A few weeks later, the pain intensified and she began to have difficulty speaking.

She was rushed to hospital, where she was diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage.

A photo of Lisa Shaw who died as a result of complications from the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Source: AAP
BBC radio presenter Lisa Shaw died as a result of complications from the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, a coroner has concluded. Source: AAP

Inquest confirms death was due to vaccine complications

The mum of one died on May 21, after a series of failed treatments including cutting away part of her skull to relieve the pressure on her brain.

The inquest into her death heard Ms Shaw was previously fit and well and that clinical evidence “strongly supports the idea that it was, indeed, vaccine induced”.

Coroner Karen Dilks said it was “clearly established” that her death was due to a very rare condition called "vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia", which leads to swelling and bleeding of the brain.

"Lisa died due to complications of an AstraZeneca Covid vaccination,” she concluded.

Husband recounts heartbreaking last moments

Ms Shaw’s husband Gareth Eve told the BBC last month she had been "excited" about being vaccinated so she could "give her mam a hug".

He described his heartbreaking final moment with his wife after visiting her in hospital.

"I went to see her and she told me to go home and see our son because it was late," Mr Eve told the BBC.

"She said 'I'm tired'. I gave her a kiss. And I never spoke to her again."

Lisa Shaw's husband, Gareth Eve, said she was
Lisa Shaw's husband, Gareth Eve, said she was "excited" about being vaccinated. Source: Facebook

Presenter remembered as ‘wonderful’

Mr Eve, and other family members released a statement after attending the hearing.

"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,” the statement read.

Benefits outweigh risks of vaccine

Dr Alison Cave, the chief safety officer with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency which approves vaccines for use in the UK said the benefits of the jab still outweigh the risks.

“Lisa Shaw’s death is tragic and our thoughts are with her family,” she said in a statement.

“As with any serious suspected side effects, reports of fatalities are evaluated by us, including an assessment of post-mortem details if available. We will be reviewing the coroner’s verdict.”

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) continues to advise the risk of Thrombosis and Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) from the AstraZeneca vaccine remains very small.

On August 5 it reported that from 6.8 million doses in Australia there had been 93 cases of confirmed or probable TTS.

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