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The husband of a BBC Radio Newcastle presenter believed to have died from vaccine complications has said the AstraZeneca jab should “maybe be put on ice” until more is known about side effects.
The coroner’s interim fact-of-death certificate has suggested ‘complication of AstraZeneca vaccine’ could be a contributory factor in her death.
People under 40 in the UK are being offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine following reports of extremely rare blood clots on the brain coupled with low blood platelet count.
But in his first interview since Lisa’s death, her husband Gareth Eve has called for everyone to be given a choice about which vaccine they have.
Speaking to Victoria Derbyshire on BBC Two, Mr Eve said he didn’t want his wife’s death to be “brushed under the carpet”.
He told the show Lisa had been “excited” about receiving the vaccine and “the idea of things going back to normal”.
“Her mum used to joke Lisa followed the rules very, very closely - she was a bit of a stickler so she didn’t hug her mum and things like that,” he said.
“She was looking forward to getting the vaccine so those things could come back.”
Mr Eve said that just less than a week after getting the jab Lisa started experiencing headaches, but “brushed it off and first”.
The pain worsened over the next few days and, following a blood test, an ambulance was sent to their home to take her to hospital.
Mr Eve said at that point the family had no idea what was happening, saying, “One of the most heartbreaking things is Lisa’s sister was there to look after our son because we thought I might be able to go with her.
“She got into the ambulance not really knowing what was going on and understanding the severity of things.
“She didn’t give her sister a hug because she wasn’t allowed to do that, and that was the last time she saw her sister.”
Mr Eve said the first doctor he spoke to said they were treating Lisa for blood clots caused as a result of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination.
But he said that although treatment initially seemed to be going well, when he went to visit Lisa she seemed confused.
“She wanted me to remember our son’s goggles when he went swimming, but she couldn’t find the word ‘goggles’, her head was hurting a lot.”
Lisa was transferred to a high dependency unit when a CT scan found a bleed on her brain, Mr Eve said.
“I was able to go see her. She told me to go get some rest and see our son.
“I gave her a kiss and then I never saw her again.”
He told the show, “The scary thing for me is that the vaccines are being given to people and we were aware earlier in the year that these vaccines come with certain risks.
“For whatever reason we don’t know who these adverse reactions are going to appear in - it’s a lottery.
“It’s quite scary that people are taking them and don’t know whether they’re going to have a bad reaction or not.
“The guys in the hospital didn’t really know what they were facing or how to treat it.
“I’m absolutely not an anti-vaxxer, but while we don’t know this information and how to treat people, maybe the answer is to give people an alternative.
“While there’s this cloud over the AstraZeneca vaccine, maybe put it on ice and look into giving people other jabs.”
Mr Eve added: “[Lisa] was just doing the right thing. I don’t want what’s happened to her to be brushed under the carpet.
“I sat there in intensive care and saw what they did to my beautiful wife, to try and save her
I don’t want that to happen to other people.”
Paying tribute to his wife, he said: “Lisa was always smiling. Lisa was always so kind.
“She was my best friend, a fantastic mummy, daughter and sister.
“She was an excellent broadcaster, she would do anything for anybody.”
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said there had been 399 cases of blood clots and 71 deaths after more than 46m doses of the vaccine, while Public Health England said the vaccine has prevented 27,000 deaths.
A statement from MHRA read out on the show said: “No vaccination is without risk and our advice remains that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks in the majority of people.
“It is still vitally important that people come forward for their vaccination and second dose when invited to do so.”