Model who got Covid jab posted she felt ‘horrendous’ before dying of blood clot
An investigation is being carried out after a British model tragically died just days after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
While experts have yet to prove the vaccine caused the 'very rare' blood clot which killed her, they have not ruled it out.
Stephanie Dubois, 39, suffered a “serious thrombotic episode” after being given the jab in the town of Paphos, Cyprus, where she had lived for the last five months.
She received the first dose of the vaccination on May 6 and posted on Facebook: “So I had the vaccination today!
"I hate needles, today was no exception . . . And now I feel horrendous . . . pizza and bed for me.”
She later wrote: “Woke up feeling fine and then within an hour I had full body shakes, all my joints seized and I was struggling to breathe and was cold to the bone with a persistent headache and dizziness.
"Mum and dad came to look after me and took me for a Covid test, which thankfully was negative . . . but it still doesn’t explain what the problem is. Maybe I’m having a prolonged reaction to my Covid jab last week.”
On May 14 she began to suffer breathing problems and was taken to hospital.
By May 19 she had slipped into a coma and subsequently suffered a brain haemorrhage and died on Saturday afternoon.
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Health officials at Cyprus’s main state hospital in the capital, Nicosia, said that she had no underlying health conditions.
Britain’s medical watchdog, the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), said incidents of blood clots happening after a first dose of AstraZeneca are around 10.5 million jabs per case, with one in a million after the second dose.
There have been 49 deaths in the UK, meaning the odds of someone getting a fatal blood clot is 2.1 per million, rising to 4.5 per million for those aged 30 to 39.
Experts say the benefits of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine continued to outweigh the risk of side effects.
Charalambos Charilaou, Cypriot health service spokesman, said that her death would be investigated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
There have been similar blood clot cases in the US in people who had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which uses the same technology as the AstraZeneca jab but is not being used in Europe or the UK.
Stephanie's friends have spoken of their shock at her death.
Alastair Currill Photography said: "The photography industry has lost a great model, friend and fellow creative. Taken away way too early."
Paul Cooley said on Facebook that the modelling community had "lost a fantastic model and a good soul".
He added: "She was a lovely person to know and had a great heart. RIP Stephanie, you will be missed."
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