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Autopsy suggests link between Covid-19 vaccine and encephalitis in brain in case of German death

A case study reported in the peer-viewed journal Vaccine found that a patient who had Parkinson’s Disease and who died after receiving his third Covid-19 vaccination had developed necrotizing encephalitis in the brain and spike proteins from the vaccine were present in the location of the inflammation.

The paper said that while “numerous” cases of encephalitis “have been reported in connection with the gene-based COVID-19 vaccines”, this was “the first report to demonstrate the presence of the spike protein within the encephalitic lesions and to attribute it to vaccination rather than infection”.

Dr Michael Mörz, a researcher in Pathology at Hospital Dresden-Friedrichstadt, in Germany, wrote that the family of a 76-year old patient with Parkinson’s Disease, who died three weeks after receiving his third Covid-19 vaccination, had “requested an autopsy due to ambiguous clinical signs before death”.

The patient was first vaccinated in May 2021 with the Astra Zeneca vector vaccine, followed by two doses of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine in July and December 2021.

Dr Mörz reported that an examination of the brain after death uncovered “previously unsuspected findings” which included “multifocal necrotizing encephalitis of unknown etiology” – with the autopsy also seeing “signs of chronic cardiomyopathy” as well as mild myocarditis.

Parkinson’s Disease was also confirmed by post-mortem examinations, as were signs of aspiration pneumonia and systemic arteriosclerosis were evident.

The paper, entitled ‘Multifocal Necrotizing Encephalitis and Myocarditis after BNT162b2 mRNA Vaccination against COVID-19’ concluded that “the findings corroborate previous reports of encephalitis and myocarditis caused by gene-based COVID-19 vaccines.”

The paper found that spike protein could be detected within the focal points of inflammation in both the brain and the heart – explaining that since the proteins which would have shown Covid infection were absent, the spike protein “must be ascribed to vaccination rather than to viral infection”.

“The findings corroborate previous reports of encephalitis and myocarditis caused by gene-based COVID-19 vaccines,” the case report said.

The WHO had cleared Covid-19 vaccines for use, the paper noted, “based on evidence of quality, safety, efficacy, and performance” and “published results of the phase 3 clinical trials described only a few severe side effects.”

“However, it has since become clear that severe and even fatal adverse events may occur; these include in particular cardiovascular and neurological manifestations,” the case report said.

“Clinicians should take note of such case reports for the sake of early detection and management of such adverse events among their patients,” Dr Mörz wrote, adding that where circumstances surrounding death were ambiguous, “a thorough post-mortem examination” was advisable.

Presenting the clinical history of the patient, he wrote that: on the day of his first vaccination in May 2021, [the patient] “experienced pronounced cardiovascular side effects, for which he repeatedly had to consult his doctor”.

After the second vaccination, “the family noted obvious behavioral and psychological changes (e.g., he did not want to be touched anymore and experienced increased anxiety, lethargy, and social withdrawal even from close family members). Furthermore, there was a striking worsening of his PD symptoms, which led to severe motor impairment and a recurrent need for wheelchair support.”

“He never fully recovered from these side effects after the first two vaccinations but still got another vaccination in December 2021. Two weeks after the third vaccination (second vaccination with BNT162b2), he suddenly collapsed while taking his dinner.”

“Remarkably, he did not show coughing or any signs of food aspiration but just fell down silently. He recovered from this more or less, but one week later, he again suddenly collapsed silently while taking his meal. The emergency unit was called, and after successful, but prolonged resuscitation attempts (over one hour), he was transferred to the hospital and directly put into an artificial coma but died shortly thereafter. The clinical diagnosis was death due to aspiration pneumonia. According to his family, there was no history of a clinical or laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19 in the past.”

“The autopsy was requested and consented to by the family of the patient because of the ambiguity of symptoms before his death,” he explained.

The post mortem concluded that while “the main cause of death was recurrent aspiration pneumonia. In addition, necrotizing encephalitis and vasculitis were considered to be major contributors to death.”

The mild myocarditis “also contributed to the deterioration of the physical condition of the senior”, the doctor found.

The examination found that spike proteins from the Covid-19 vaccines were demonstrated in the areas with acute inflammatory reactions (brain, heart, and small blood vessels).

“This is strongly suggestive that the spike protein may have played at least a contributing role to the development of the lesions and the course of the disease in this patient,” the report concluded.

The report noted that “several other cases of COVID-19 vaccine-associated encephalitis with status epilepticus have appeared previously” in the medical literature.

“These findings corroborate a causative role of the gene-based COVID-19 vaccines, and this diagnostic approach is relevant to potentially vaccine-induced damage to other organs as well,” it concluded.

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