| 17 April 2024, Wednesday |

Woman with rare condition dies of brain bleed days after AstraZeneca jab

A mother-of-two with a brain condition died 10 days after getting her AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the MailOnline reported on Friday.

Kimberley Lockwood, from Rotherham in South Yorkshire, died following a “catastrophic brain bleed” 10 days after having her jab, it said, noting that the 34-year-old suffered from idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), a disorder that causes increased fluid pressure around the brain.

Though it remains unclear if the vaccine shot contributed to the bleed, her husband said Kimberley had been managing the condition with medication and hospital follow-ups, but her symptoms got worse a few days after getting her jab.

The family are currently awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination. An inquest is also slated to be held.

Mrs Lockwood’s husband Damien, 41, said his wife took the vaccine on March 14 before suffering flu-like symptoms and headaches two days later.

“On March 22 she went to work as normal..but I got a phone call and was told she was getting really bad headaches and her vision was going blurred,” he said.

Mr Lockwood said such symptoms were not uncommon in people with IIH and said his wife would require a lumbar puncture, a procedure she’d had multiple times before.

But this time Mrs Lockwood’s condition quickly deteriorated and that night she decided to go to A&E because her symptoms were concerning her.

She was transported to hospital by her brother so that her husband could stay at home and look after the couple’s two children, Jayden, 13, and Jax, 6.

But Mrs Lockwood returned without treatment because she was not able to cope with the long wait alone.

“They said it was a 2-hour wait and she also suffered anxiety,” Mr Lockwood said.

“I’d thought that she might be okay as she’d had some sleep but she phoned me around 7am to say she had to go back to A&E as she was now vomiting,” he added.

When Mrs Lockwood arrived at hospital, a blood test found she had a low platelet count and would require a transfusion of vitamin K. She was also told she would need a lumbar puncture the following day.

But on March 24, Mr Lockwood received a phone call to say that he would need to come to the hospital to say goodbye because his wife had suffered a “catastrophic” bleed on the brain and would not survive.

He said he hasn’t had a chance to “process” his wife’s death because he had to return to work just days later.

Paying tribute to his wife, Mr Lockwood described her as someone that “everybody loved” and who would “light up a room”.

“We’ve been together 12 years, I met her in May and by August we were engaged because she was just that sort of person that everyone loved,” he said, adding “she loved her music too and was one of the first and last on the dance floor at parties – she was really fun-loving.”

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