Woman's death attributed to rare vax complication

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WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. – It’s a staggering fig to see -- More than 700,000 Americans person died from COVID-19 since the commencement of the pandemic.

While vaccines person been overwhelmingly palmy astatine protecting radical from contracting the virus, successful uncommon cases, determination person been documented illnesses and adjacent deaths.

In April, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was temporarily suspended aft reports of humor clots. During that time, a Washtenaw County pistillate died aft getting the azygous dose. A postmortem introspection determined the pistillate died from complications of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


Sandra Jacobs’ didn’t privation to get vaccinated but yet decided to due to the fact that she had to question for work.

A 14-page autopsy study written by Dr. Caplan from Michigan Medicine lists the origin of decease arsenic a complication of the vaccine.

“This is impervious that it tin happen,” said Jacob’s daughter, Tatum Strieter-Byron.

Strieter-Byron said the postmortem study validates what she’s known for months.

“Most people, they don’t privation to judge that idiosyncratic could person died from the vaccine. That’s wherefore I wanted a report,” she said.

Jacobs, a 60-year-old Washtenaw County grandmother, died little than 2 weeks aft getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“All of america could astir apt sanction astatine slightest 1 idiosyncratic who passed from COVID, and truthful that absorption is, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m truthful sorry.’ However, erstwhile you accidental that my ma died from the vaccine, the absorption is not the same. It’s it’s decidedly met with a batch of skepticism,” Strieter-Byron said.


Jacobs started having headaches, nausea and thorax symptom soon aft getting the single-dose shot. Her doc advised over-the-counter symptom medicine.

When she didn’t amusement up for enactment oregon log connected remotely, a acrophobic person recovered her assemblage wrong her home.

“Personally I person a batch of ‘God, I privation she would person waited,’” Strieter-Byron said. “It was pulled disconnected the marketplace 5 days aft she got it and she died 2 days earlier it went backmost connected the market. So for me, it’s astir similar adding insult to wounded astatine that point.”

In April, national wellness officials temporarily paused the J&J vaccine aft respective patients developed a uncommon humor clotting disorder.

As of Oct. 22, much than 15 cardinal Americans person gotten the J&J vaccine. There are believed to beryllium 5 confirmed deaths, including Jacobs.

The pathologist ruled her decease arsenic natural, adding that “since this is simply a known yet uncommon complication of the vaccine, it whitethorn besides beryllium considered a therapeutic complication.”


“I cognize she would privation her communicative heard. I cognize that if she could assistance not to sway radical 1 mode oregon the different but if she could assistance radical by sharing her experience, she would due to the fact that that’s the benignant of idiosyncratic she was,” Strieter-Byron said.

Strieter-Byron said she misses the small things the most.

“If you person a question astir something, you telephone your mom. But I don’t, I can’t telephone my mom,” she said. “A nonaccomplishment is simply a loss. So, if idiosyncratic dies from COVID, it’s arsenic arsenic atrocious arsenic idiosyncratic who dies from a vaccine. So conscionable to effort to retrieve their quality broadside due to the fact that I don’t cognize that a batch of radical are inactive doing that.”

Jacobs did person immoderate underlying wellness issues including aggregate sclerosis, bosom illness and obesity.

Johnson & Johnson released the pursuing statement:

“The information and well-being of each idiosyncratic who receives a Johnson & Johnson merchandise remains our apical priority. Any adverse lawsuit study astir individuals receiving Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, arsenic good arsenic our ain appraisal of the report, is shared with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency, the World Health Organization (WHO) and different due wellness authorities wherever our vaccine is authorized.”

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