‘Fast’ mother of two, 51, dies of blood clot ‘probably’ caused by ‘very rare’ vaccine side effect

A ‘fresh and healthy’ mother of two died of a blood clot ‘likely’ caused by the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, a study has heard.

Michelle Barlow, 51, began suffering from headaches and nausea about a week after receiving her first dose of the dot back in March.

She was hospitalized and died on March 23.

Senior forensic pathologist Timothy Brennand heard that Mrs Barlow, who worked as an official for the Ministry of Labor and Pensions for 34 years, had blood clots that were probably caused by the vaccine.

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A study by Bolton Coroners Court today (November 25) heard that the condition was a ‘very rare’ side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Michelle, a mother of two from Orrell, Wigan, received her first dose of the vaccine on March 7.

Michelle’s husband, Ian, said during the hearing that in the days that followed, she began to experience ‘flu-like symptoms’ and later developed headaches, diarrhea and nausea.

By March 19, Mrs. Barlow’s symptoms had become ‘overwhelming’, so she sought help at the Wigan Infirmary.

Doctors performed tests that showed she had a ‘very low’ platelet count.

She was discharged and asked to return for check-up the following week.



Michelle Barlow fell ill after receiving her first dose of AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab in March

But Mrs. Barlow’s condition did not improve, and she was readmitted to the hospital the next day.

Doctors suspected she had a gastroenteritis infection, the study heard.

Sir. Barlow said the family was unable to be with her at the hospital due to Covid restrictions, and on March 22, he received a phone call from a nurse telling him to get to the hospital as soon as possible.

“I knew something was wrong,” he said. “When I got that phone call, I expected to go and see my wife and she would survive.”

When he arrived, Mr Barlow said his wife told him the doctors ‘could not do anything for her’.

“The doctors came in and explained,” Mr Barlow said. “I just said to them, ‘you have to save her.'”

Mrs. Barlow died with her family at her bedside the following day.



Michelle Barlow with her husband Ian (front) and sons Mark (left) and Matthew (right)

Pathologist Dr. Naveen Sharma listed her cause of death as ‘multi-organ failure due to pulmonary embolism’.

He said there was probably a ‘causal link’ between the blood clot in Mrs Barlow’s lungs and the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Dr. Sharma said the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) had prepared a guide this month suggesting a possible link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and the “very rare” side effect of blood clots.

He said 425 cases of severe blood clots had been identified in people who had taken the AstraZeneca vaccine, saying that this represented “rare but very clearly recognized potential complications”.

Of the 425 cases, 215 in women and 206 in men, 154 cases were related to blood clots in the head and 271 in other parts of the body.

Of the 425 cases, the age ranged from 18 to 93, with 101 cases ranging in age from 50 to 59 years, of which 19 were among the total of 73 fatal cases.



Michelle Barlow died at Wigan Infirmary back in March

He currently said that 24.8 million people had received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and that 24.1 million people had become double-blind with the same medication.

In tribute to his wife, Mr Barlow said: “She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.

“She was nothing short of perfect.

Michelle was and is for me the most loving, caring, patient and selfless person anyone could ever meet.

“She was healthy and well. There was nothing wrong with her.”

Dr. Peter Kreppel, a general practitioner at Mesnes View Surgery in Wigan, said Mrs Barlow was presented with her first dose of the vaccine early because of a mistake in her records, which said she was a caregiver for her husband.



An investigation at Bolton Coroners Court heard details about Michelle Barlow’s death

Sir. Barlow told the investigation that when his wife contacted the practice to inform them that it was a mistake, she was told, “Just get the vaccine.”

Had Mrs. Barlow not been in that category, she would not have been invited to receive the vaccine at the time, Dr. Kreppel.

However, he said he would still have recommended her to take the vaccine as the risk of thrombosis was 100 times greater without the vaccine than when she had taken it.

Dr. Mian Ahmed, a chief physician at Wigan Infirmary, told the hearing that it was not until a CT scan of Mrs. Barlow’s lungs revealed a blood clot that doctors began to suspect a possible reaction to the vaccine, rather than gastroenteritis.

He said the condition – vaccine-induced immune thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (VITT) – was not recognized at the time of her death.

Dr. Ahmed said that if the same situation arose now, he would prescribe hemoglobin, blood-thinning drugs and CT scans faster to the patient.

He agreed that this may have given her a “better chance”, but it was a “difficult call”.

Marius Paraoan, a surgeon at the hospital, said that after seeing the CT scan, he concluded that Mrs Barlow’s condition was ‘unsurpassable’.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Barlow’s sons, Matthew and Mark, were also present at the hearing along with other relatives.

Senior forensic pathologist Timothy Brennand said he will give his conclusions at the investigation Friday morning.

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