Coroner decides Wigan’s mother died of rare complications from Covid AstraZeneca jab


Michelle Barlow, 51, mother of two, from Orrell, died 16 days after receiving the vaccine, falling ill and developing “impossible to survive” blood clots.

A 34-year official at the Department for Work and Pensions, Ms Barlow, from Portsmouth, Hampshire, was hospitalized.

While doctors noted his recent vaccination and emerging knowledge about bad reactions in some patients, they persisted with a diagnosis of gastrointestinal infection, Bolton Coroner’s Court has learned.

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One of his sons even wentogle for symptoms his mother was suffering from, and it showed how other doctors were saving the lives of people with similar complications.

But three days after being admitted to the Wigan Infirmary, Ms Barlow died of blood clots following “rare complications” from the Covid-19 vaccination, according to the investigation.

Timothy Brennand, Principal Coroner for Greater Manchester West, said: “The deceased died from rare and unrecognized complications from a recently administered elective and necessary Covid-19 vaccination.”

His multiple organ failure caused by the blood clots was the result of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT), a disease not recognized at the time of his death, according to the investigation.

Ian Barlow with a photo of his “hero” wife

Mr Brennand said there may have been “suboptimal care” and “confirmation bias” among physicians in persisting with their initial misdiagnosis.

Outside the court, Ms Barlow’s husband Ian, a retired factory worker, said he felt “relieved” that the vaccine’s role in her death had been recognized.

He said the family felt blocked by public health officials when he raised concerns about the vaccine.

Mr Barlow said: “I am happy and sad. I’m sad Michelle isn’t here. I’m glad Michelle got the answers to what we wanted.

“It took eight months to get here, that it was the vax that took Michelle.

“The victims of the Covid vaccine are forgotten heroes alongside the Covid victims because lessons have been learned.

“I saw a close friend die from Covid and my wife died from the vaccine.

“I’m not saying don’t have the vax, I’m saying check it out first, if that’s okay with you.”

The family is asking for a judicial review of the vaccine rollout.

Earlier, the investigation learned that Ms Barlow had visited a mass vaccination center in Robin Park, Wigan and received the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 7 and had slowly started to suffer from ‘side effects’ of symptoms. flu-like over the next two weeks.

On March 19, she first went to Wigan Infirmary, but her husband said she felt “released” and was fired.

The next day, she went to the hospital’s A&E department and was admitted, with doctors initially suspecting a gastroenteritis infection.

Her husband and family were unable to be with her at the hospital due to Covid restrictions, and on March 22 Mr Barlow received a phone call from a nurse telling him to go to the hospital as soon as possible.

He said: “Michelle told me there was nothing they could do for her. Then two doctors came in and explained.

“I said, you have to save her.”

Matthew Barlow, one of his two sons, said while his mother was in hospital he clicked on a web link showing how a professor in Norway “saved five lives” to patients with the same symptoms than his mother.

He added, “If I can do it, why not the doctors and nurses who treated my mother? Go to Google.

The coroner said he could not say whether Ms Barlow would have survived had doctors recognized earlier that the bad reaction to the vaccine was leading to her illness.

Pathologist Dr Naveen Sharma told the inquest: “It is undeniable that a small number of people infected with the AstraZeneca vaccine have developed blood clots.”

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

He said 425 cases of major blood clots had been identified in people who had taken the AstraZeneca vaccine and said this represented rare but very clearly recognized potential complications.

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

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

He said that currently 24.8 million people had received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 24.1 million people had received a double injection.

Ms Barlow’s GP, Dr Peter Kreppel, who sent her to hospital, said he would still have recommended that she take the vaccine because the risk of thrombosis was 100 times greater without the vaccine than ‘after taking it.

Dr Mian Ahmed, a consultant at the Wigan Infirmary, said that if the same situation arose now, he would prescribe the patient hemoglobin, blood thinners and CT scans sooner.

The surgeon, Dr Marius Paraoan, told the hearing that once he examined Ms Barlow’s CT scan he concluded that the blood clots were not treatable by surgery and “not compatible with survival. “.

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