An inquest has concluded that award-winning BBC radio presenter Lisa Shaw died because of complications from the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination.
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.”
Ms Shaw’s heartbroken husband, Gareth Eve, told BBC last month that while he believed the vaccine was “unbelievable”, he also wanted people to recognise there are families who have been affected by this jab.”
“It hasn’t been a drop in the ocean for our family, it has hit our family like a tidal wave,” he said, adding that he didn’t want his wife’s death to be “brushed under the carpet”.
Mr Eve said that Lisa has been a “stickler” for the Covid restrictions and was “excited” about receiving the jab and “the idea of things going back to normal”.
Ms Shaw died in May, just over three weeks after she had her first dose of the vaccine, the inquest into her death heard.
The BBC presenter, who was 44 years-old, complained of a headache a few days after her vaccination with Astra Zeneca and was later diagnosed with a blood clot and transferred for specialist treatment at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Although medics fought to save her, cutting away part of her skull to relieve pressure on her brain, Ms Shaw died on May 21, the inquest heard.
Newcastle senior coroner Karen Dilks said: “Lisa died due to complications of an AstraZeneca Covid vaccine.”
Pathologist Tuomo Polvikoski told the inquest that Ms Shaw was fit and healthy before receiving the vaccination. When asked about the underlying cause of the fatal clotting on her brain, Dr Polvikoski said that the clinical evidence “strongly supports the idea that it was, indeed, vaccine-induced”.
The pathologist added: “Based on available clinical information, it seems to be the most likely explanation.”
A consultant involved in Ms Shaw’s care said: “This was one of the first cases of this kind of vaccine-induced immune thrombocytopenia and thrombosis I had seen and had been seen nationally”.
Ms Shaw’s family said: “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.”