‘Cute loving’ mother of two, 34, with rare condition dies of ‘catastrophic brain haemorrhage’ 10 days after receiving her AstraZeneca shot
- Kimberley Lockwood of Rotherham died of ‘catastrophic brain haemorrhage’
- The 34-year-old had her Covid shot, but it remains unclear whether this is related to her death
- Mrs. Lockwood’s family is awaiting the results of a post-mortem investigation
- The mother of two suffered from idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH)
A mother of two with brain disease died 10 days after receiving her AstraZeneca Covid vaccine.
Kimberley Lockwood, of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, died of a ‘catastrophic brain haemorrhage’ 10 days after her injection.
The 34-year-old suffered from idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), a condition that causes increased fluid pressure around the brain.
While it remains unclear whether the shot contributed to the bleeding, her husband said Kimberley had treated the condition with medication and hospital checkups, but her symptoms worsened a few days after she received her vaccine.
Kimberley Lockwood died after a ‘catastrophic brain haemorrhage’ 10 days after her shot
The mother of two had changed her Facebook photo with an image showing she had had her vaccine
WHAT IS INTRACRANIAL HYPERTENSION?
Intracranial hypertension (IH) is the medical term for pressure build-up in the brain.
This can come on suddenly as a result of a serious head injury or stroke, known as acute IH.
Chronic IH is rare. It doesn’t always have a cause, but it can be caused by a blood clot in the brain, or a brain tumor or infection.
Symptoms can include:
- Throbbing headache that may be worse in the morning or when coughing, but relieved when standing
- Blurred or double vision
- Temporary loss of vision, such as ‘going gray’ for a few seconds
- Nausea and vomiting
- Drowsiness and irritability
Cases with no apparent cause are called idiopathic IH. This is more common in women in their twenties and thirties.
Idiopathic IH has been linked to obesity, chronic kidney disease and lupus.
It can also be caused by hormone problems, an abnormal red blood cell count, and certain medications, such as steroids.
This form of the condition is believed to affect two in 100,000 people in the UK, statistics show. The prevalence in the US and that of chronic IH is unclear.
Treatment usually involves medication to remove excess fluid from the brain. Shunt surgery may also be required to divert this fluid elsewhere.
Left untreated, chronic IH can be life-threatening. Idiopathic IH also causes vision loss in one in five to twenty people if left untreated.
The family is currently awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination. A judicial investigation is also expected to be held.
Ms. Lockwood’s 41-year-old husband, Damien, told his wife the vaccine on March 14 before developing flu-like symptoms and headaches two days later.
He said, “On March 22, she went to work normally … but I got a call and was told she had a really bad headache and her vision was blurred.”
Mr. Lockwood said such symptoms were not uncommon in people with IIH and said his wife needed a spinal tap, a procedure she had undergone several times before.
But this time, Ms. Lockwood’s condition deteriorated rapidly, and that night she decided to go to the emergency room because her symptoms were affecting her.
She was taken to the hospital by her brother so her husband could stay home and take care of the couple’s two children, Jayden, 13, and Jax, six.
But Mrs. Lockwood returned without treatment because she could not cope with the long wait on her own.
Mr. Lockwood said, “They said it was a two-hour wait and she also had anxiety.
“I thought she might be okay because she got some sleep, but she called me around 7 in the morning to say she had to go back to the ER because she was vomiting now. ‘
When Mrs. Lockwood arrived at the hospital, a blood test showed that she had a low platelet count and would need a vitamin K transfusion.
Ms. Lockwood was also told she would need a spinal tap the next day.
But on March 24, Mr. Lockwood got a call to say he had to come to the hospital to say goodbye because his wife had suffered a “catastrophic” brain haemorrhage and was not going to survive.
Mr. Lockwood said, “The night before, I told Jayden she just had a spinal tap and I said,” Don’t worry, she’s had it before and she’ll be gone tomorrow. “
And the next day I had to tell him [that she wouldn’t be coming home]
Mr. Lockwood said he had no chance to “come to terms” with his wife’s death as he had to return to work just days later.
Mr. Lockwood said, ‘I’m self-employed, so when I’m not working I don’t make any money. Some days it’s not that bad and sometimes you realize she’s not coming home, which is what you get. It hit everyone hard, it’s unbelievable. ‘
Her husband Damien said Kimberley (pictured together) had treated the condition with medication and hospital checkups, but her symptoms worsened a few days after receiving her vaccine.
As a tribute to his wife, Mr. Lockwood described her as someone ‘everyone loved’ and who would ‘light up a room’.
Mr Lockwood said: ‘We have been together for 12 years, I met her in May and we were engaged in August because she was just the kind of person everyone loved.
‘Her most important thing was everything for the kids, we’re really family oriented and she loved going out with the family.
“We’ve had quite a few long family vacations and that was one of the main reasons she wanted the injection – including on family vacations.
“She loved her music too and was one of the first and last on the dance floor at parties – she really liked having fun.”
A online fundraiser to support Mrs. Lockwood’s children was launched by a family friend.