Coroner Nicola Mundy Confirmed to the BBC That 34-Year-Old Kim Lockwood’s March 2021 Death Was Indeed Caused by a “Sudden and Catastrophic” Brain Bleed Brought On by the experimental AstraZeneca C0VID-19 vaxxine
On March 16, Coroner Nicola Mundy confirmed to the BBC that 34-year-old Kim Lockwood’s March 2021 death was indeed caused by a “sudden and catastrophic” brain bleed brought on by the experimental AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine she received eight days before her passing.
Covid: Woman died from rare vaccine side-effect
A mother died from a “catastrophic” bleed on the brain caused by a rare side-effect of the Covid-19 vaccine, a coroner has concluded.
Kim Lockwood, 34, complained of an excruciating headache eight days after her AstraZeneca jab in March 2021.
Her condition quickly deteriorated and she was pronounced dead 17 hours after being admitted to Rotherham Hospital.
South Yorkshire Coroner Nicola Mundy said Mrs Lockwood had been “extremely unlucky”.
At Doncaster Coroner’s court, she recorded the cause of death as Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) and returned a verdict of misadventure.
Little was known about the link between the Covid-19 jab and VITT at the time of Mrs Lockwood’s death, the coroner said, but “medical advances” meant the condition was better-recognised since the initial vaccine rollout.
Government figures show the type of reaction Mrs Lockwood experienced is considered extremely rare. There have been 438 reported cases and 78 deaths after an estimated 24.9 million first doses and 24.2 million second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The inquest heard administrative secretary Mrs Lockwood first went to Rotherham Hospital’s A&E on 22 March but left without being seen after a long wait.
She returned the next morning suffering from debilitating headaches, blurred vision and vomiting, and by midday could not speak in full sentences.
By 02:00 on 24 March, the mother-of-two was unresponsive and her family was called to say their goodbyes.
Damien Lockwood said Kim was “kind, fun-loving and always the first and last on the dance floor at parties”
Ms Mundy said an MRI scan should have been arranged sooner, but this, combined with other measures such as a blood platelet transfusion and lumbar puncture would not have saved Mrs Lockwood due to the massive, “sudden and catastrophic” bleed on her brain.
The inquest also heard Mrs Lockwood had been diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) in 2016, and she had initially assumed this to be the cause of her headaches.
But Ms Mundy said the condition, characterised by intense pressure in the head caused by a build-up of fluid behind the eye, had not been the cause of her death.
Mrs Lockwood’s husband Damian said she had complained of being in so much pain “her head felt like it was going to explode”, while her father Wayne Merrill said her last words to him were that her headache was “actually killing her”.
Ms Mundy said: “Kim’s pain wasn’t appropriately managed and the family should have been listened to”.
A family tribute read during the hearing said Mrs Lockwood, who had two sons – Jayden, 14, and Jax, seven – was “kind, fun-loving and always the first and last on the dance floor at parties”.
Paying further tribute, Ms Mundy noted that Mrs Lockwood had donated her organs to medical research, a gesture which “showed the kind of person Kim was”.
Speaking after the hearing, Mrs Lockwood’s family said she had died “in agony” and they had expressed concerns about her treatment. They said they planned to pursue a medical negligence claim against the hospital trust.
Rotherham Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said more was now known about the link between the vaccine and VITT and how to treat it, with all patients with low platelets referred to haematologists.
Susan Douglas, of the trust, said lessons had been learned and measures such as extra ward audits had been introduced since Mrs Lockwood’s death.
The government has repeatedly stated that the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks in the majority of people.