A widow whose husband died 10 days after receiving his Covid-19 vaccine has urged anyone experiencing headaches after getting the shot to go to hospital.
Dr. Stephen Wright, 32, worked as a clinical psychologist in South East London before dying of a blood clot in the brain after receiving his first dose of AstraZeneca in January 2021.
Since her husband’s tragic death, 36-year-old Charlotte Wright has been pushing for more openness about vaccine risks. This week, a coroner ruled that the vaccine should be added to Dr. Wright’s death certificate.
“I don’t want this to happen to anyone else, I don’t want anyone to lose a loved one,” she told The Times.
“I want people to know, if you have someone who has something as minor as a headache, take them to the hospital. If my husband hadn’t gone to work that morning and gone to the hospital instead, things could have turned out differently.’
Dr. Stephen Wright (left), 32, worked as a clinical psychologist in South East London before dying of a blood clot in the brain after his first dose of AstraZeneca jab in January 2021
Dr Wright’s widow, Charlotte (pictured outside London Inner South Coroner’s Court) has urged anyone who gets the shot and then develops even a mild headache to go to hospital
Senior coroner Andrew Harris described the case as “deeply unusual and deeply tragic.” A small group of people, including Dr Wright, have had a serious reaction to the jab and health authorities are investigating, the inquest at the London Inner South Coroner’s Court found.
At least 75 confirmed deaths from Covid jabs have been recorded in the UK. Dr. Wright of Sevenoaks, Kent, suffered a combination of brainstem infarction, cerebral hemorrhage and ‘vaccination-induced thrombosis’.
Before Dr. Wright got the vaccine, Mrs. Wright, who got it was on maternity leave from her job as deputy director of a private day care center, asked her husband if it was safe.
He assured her it was both safe and necessary as he went in and out of hospitals.
Mrs. Wrigh recalled, “I asked Stephen, ‘Is it safe?’ and he replied, ‘Yes, it is.’
After getting the shot, Dr. Wright developed a sore arm and a mild cold, but he was better within four days.
Nine days after taking the vaccine, he complained of a headache and took a painkiller to get to work.
Later that day he became increasingly unwell and his left arm went numb.
After calling an ambulance, Ms Wright recalled that her husband was “pretty terrified” but tried to reassure her. They said ‘I love you’ to each other but due to the lockdown restrictions she was unable to accompany him to the hospital.
He was taken to Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington and transferred to King’s College Hospital as his condition was rapidly deteriorating, but the nature of the bleeding made him unfit for surgery.
Shortly after Mrs. Wright arrived at the hospital, his life support machine shut down.
Dr. Stephen Wright, 32, (pictured) died ten days after receiving his first dose of Covid-19 jab
Charlotte Wright with husband Dr Stephen Wright. Dr. Wright, 32, who worked as a clinical psychologist in South East London, developed a blood clot in the brain after his first dose of the jab in January 2021
The death certificate initially stated that the cause was due to ‘spontaneous’ natural causes.
Speak against The timesMs Wright said that after her husband’s death she refused to consider the vaccine playing a role.
She said: “I didn’t want Stephen to be labeled an anti-vaxer because he was so pro-vaccine.
“I believe if he had been told all the possible reactions he would still have taken the vaccine because I know it’s a rare situation.”
After the inquest, she said: “It was made clear that Stephen was fit and healthy and that he died from AstraZeneca vaccination.
“For us, it allows us to continue our litigation against AstraZeneca. “This is the written evidence.”
She said, “I don’t think we’re going to get that until we get an answer from AstraZeneca and the government.”
Speaking to the BBC out of court, the mother-of-two said the coroner’s verdict offers “relief but no closure”.
She paid tribute to her late husband and continued, “I’m just so grateful to be able to marry such a wonderful man and raise our boys in his honor.”
An AstraZeneca spokesperson said: ‘We are deeply saddened by the death of Stephen Wright and extend our deepest condolences to his family for their loss.
“Patient safety is our top priority and regulatory authorities have clear and strict standards to ensure the safe use of all medicines, including vaccines.
“The body of evidence in clinical trials and real world data has consistently shown that Vaxzevria has an acceptable safety profile and regulators around the world consistently state that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks of extremely rare possible side effects.
His widow, Mrs. Wright (pictured), is considering taking legal action against the pharmaceutical giant
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“The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) granted conditional marketing approval for Vaxzevria for the UK based on the vaccine’s safety profile and efficacy.”
At least 75 confirmed deaths from Covid jabs have been recorded in the UK. However, these are not broken down by brand.
At least a dozen named Britons are believed to have died due to blood clots caused by a rare side effect of the AstraZeneca jab.
The inquest into the death of Dr. Wright comes after the widower of a BBC presenter who died of coronavirus vaccine complications took legal action against AstraZeneca with others whose “relatives died or suffered injuries related to the jab.”
Mother of one Lisa Shaw, 44, died of ‘vaccine-induced thrombocytopenia’ in May 2021, about a week after getting her first Covid shot. She worked for BBC Radio Newcastle.
How many people have died after taking the AstraZeneca shot?
There have been 75 confirmed deaths from Covid jabs recorded in the UK.
However, these are not broken down by brand.
But at least a dozen Britons are reported to have died due to blood clots caused by a rare side effect of the AstraZeneca jab.
And the government body, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, which monitors the safety of medicines and jabs used in Britain, has received 1,368 reports of a fatality following an AstraZeneca vaccination.
It should be noted that these reports do not mean that death was actually caused by the jab, as it could just be coincidence or another health condition or illness.
One of the youngest victims is believed to be 18-year-old Kasey Turner, who died in February 2021, two weeks after receiving the AstraZeneca jab.
The student paramedic from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, was hospitalized after suffering from a severe headache. It was later shown to be a cerebral venous thrombosis, an extremely rare complication of the vaccine itself.
The side effect was so rare that it went unnoticed in the initial studies involving tens of thousands of people before it was given the green light in December 2020.
British health chiefs finally recommended in May that the jab should only be offered to those over 40, as the potential risks outweighed the benefits of protecting against Covid for younger people.