The death of a doctor in Miami, two weeks after he received the Pfizer vaccine, was considered natural

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A doctor’s death in Miami two weeks after receiving a Pfizer vaccine was due to natural causes, a medical examiner’s office has found.

Dr. Gregory Michael, 56, died in January of a condition that can cause internal bleeding, but experts found no connection with the shot.

An email from Darren Caprara, chief operating officer of the Miami-Dade County medical examining department, says there is no medical certainty that the vaccine caused his death.

Dr.  Gregory Michael, who died two weeks after receiving a Pfizer vaccine, died of natural causes, medical examiner's office has discovered

Dr. Gregory Michael, who died two weeks after receiving a Pfizer vaccine, died of natural causes, medical examiner’s office has discovered

Mr. Michael’s death in January was investigated by the Florida Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autopsy samples were sent to the CDC.

“Scientific and clinical expertise in vaccine safety, immunology, infectious diseases, hematology, pathology and laboratory science were part of the research team or consulted regularly,” said Caprara.

The research team concluded that Dr. Michael died of complications from immune thrombocytopenia, also known as ITP, a condition that can prevent blood from clotting and cause internal bleeding.

Dr. Michael, a midwife with private practice at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, was active, healthy, and had no pre-existing conditions before getting the shot on Dec. 18, his wife Heidi Neckelmann, 58, said.

She told DailyMail.com at the time, ‘I think his death was 100 percent linked to the vaccine. There is no other explanation.

The mother-of-one said, “I think his death was 100 percent linked to the vaccine.  There is no other explanation.  Pictured: Dr.  Michael with his wife Heidi and daughter

The mother-of-one said, “I think his death was 100 percent linked to the vaccine.  There is no other explanation.  Pictured: Dr.  Michael with his wife Heidi and daughter

The mother-of-one said, “I think his death was 100 percent linked to the vaccine. There is no other explanation. Pictured: Dr. Michael with his wife Heidi and daughter

He was in very good health. He didn’t smoke, he drank alcohol now and then, but only socially. He worked, we had kayaks, he was a deep sea fisherman.

“They tested him afterwards on everything you can think of, even cancer, and nothing else was wrong with him.”

Pfizer told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that it was aware of Dr. Michael’s “highly unusual” death and was investigating further.

However, a spokesperson warned, “We do not currently believe there is a direct link with the vaccine.”

A child’s father did not immediately respond to the injection, but three days later he showered and noticed petechiae – red patches that indicate bleeding under the skin – on his feet and hands.

Michael's death in January was investigated by the Florida Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Michael's death in January was investigated by the Florida Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Michael’s death in January was investigated by the Florida Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

When he checked himself into the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, the hospital where he works, and received the vaccine, doctors discovered he was suffering from an acute platelet deficiency.

“All blood results were back to normal, except for the platelets that came back as zero,” Heidi said.

At first they thought it was a mistake. So they took the test again and this time they did a manual count that should be more accurate. This time it showed only one platelet.

‘He felt 100 percent, he was normal, energetic, happy. But they said you can’t go home, this is incredibly dangerous, you could have a brain haemorrhage and die. ‘

Typically, doctors expect a range of between 150,000 and 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood.

According to a poignant account on his wife's Facebook, blood tests showed the popular physician had a platelet count of zero

According to a poignant account on his wife's Facebook, blood tests showed the popular physician had a platelet count of zero

According to a poignant account on his wife’s Facebook, blood tests showed the popular physician had a platelet count of zero

Neckelmann has not disclosed any allergies or pre-existing conditions that may have contributed to her husband's death

Neckelmann has not disclosed any allergies or pre-existing conditions that may have contributed to her husband's death

Neckelmann has not disclosed any allergies or pre-existing conditions that may have contributed to her husband’s death

Their primary function is to help the blood to clot and prevent bleeding.

Heidi says doctors frantically tried to reverse what they had diagnosed as an acute immune disorder known as ITP – idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.

In people with ITP, also known as severe thrombocytopenia, the immune system confuses platelets for foreign objects and instructs the spleen to destroy them.

Dr.  Michael was active, healthy, and had no pre-existing conditions before getting the shot on December 18

Dr.  Michael was active, healthy, and had no pre-existing conditions before getting the shot on December 18

Dr. Michael was active, healthy, and had no pre-existing conditions before getting the shot on December 18

It can be acute or chronic, last for six months or more, strike on its own or in conjunction with other autoimmune diseases, certain cancers, or during pregnancy.

Children can get ITP after a viral infection such as the flu or mumps, while in adults, possible triggers can be HIV, hepatitis, or H. pylori, a type of bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.

However, Mr. Michael’s wife insisted that he had none of these illnesses.

One solution for ITP is to remove the spleen, but Heidi says he was not a candidate because his blood could not clot, making the surgery too dangerous.

After two weeks of infusions and experimental treatments that lower the platelet count of Dr. Michael, doctors decided they had no choice.

However, he died of a hemorrhagic stroke – when blood bleeds from an artery in the brain – before he could have the surgery.

‘They gave him medicine. They gave him an incredible amount of platelet infusions, I told all the platelets in Miami Dade County, ”Heidi said.

But no matter what they did, nothing helped. The blood tests came back with zero platelets each time.

Heidi said the couple's 15-year-old daughter struggled to understand her loving father was gone

Heidi said the couple's 15-year-old daughter struggled to understand her loving father was gone

Heidi said the couple’s 15-year-old daughter struggled to understand her loving father was gone

My husband had discussions with the doctors who said it was very likely that the vaccine was the cause.

“It seems possible to me that it somehow ordered its body to attack the wrong thing, the platelets.”

She met her husband 28 years ago when they were neighbors and he was in pre-medication, about to start a successful career as a midwife.

Heidi was so in love that she immediately said to friends, “This is the man I’m getting married.”

When Dr. Michael checked himself into Miami Beach's Mount Sinai Medical Center, the hospital where he works and had the breakthrough vaccine, medics discovered he was suffering from an acute platelet deficiency.

When Dr. Michael checked himself into Miami Beach's Mount Sinai Medical Center, the hospital where he works and had the breakthrough vaccine, medics discovered he was suffering from an acute platelet deficiency.

When Dr. Michael checked himself into Miami Beach’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, the hospital where he works and had the breakthrough vaccine, medics discovered he was suffering from an acute platelet deficiency.

“That’s exactly what happened: we fell in love, we were married for 21 years,” she recalls, holding back tears.

‘It was just like you see it in the movies, but that doesn’t normally happen in real life. I’m not just saying this because he’s dead, but it was the perfect marriage. I can’t think of a time when we fought.

He was adored and loved by his patients. He has given birth to hundreds of healthy, beautiful babies. You have no idea how many text messages I have received and how many people call me crying. He was just a special soul. ‘

Heidi said shortly after his death that the couple’s 15-year-old daughter struggled to understand that her loving father was gone.

‘They were both musicians. They played guitar together. They had the best connection ever, ”she added.