The devastated husband of a marketing executive who died of a stroke caused by the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid jab has demanded that the Government compensate the nearly 80 families who lost loved ones to vaccine-induced blood clots, following his wife’s inquest.
Nicola Weideling suffered catastrophic bleeds on her brain after being hospitalised with blood clots caused by the vaccine which she had received 24 days before dying, a coroner has ruled.
The 45-year-old Oxford University Press executive had complained to her GP about neck pain but she was not diagnosed with vaccine side effects until she was taken to hospital with several other symptoms of blood clots.
Speaking after his late wife’s inquest at Hampshire Coroners Court in Winchester, Kurt Weideling said ministers now need to follow through on their promise to pay affected families £120,000 under the Vaccine Damage Payment programme.
Her family insist those like Mrs Weideling who lost their lives after ‘doing the right thing’ and getting vaccinated should not simply be dismissed as ‘collateral damage’.
The distraught 52-year-old IT manager said: ‘My fundamental problem here is this country is the only Western country I know of which decided it was safe to give this vaccine to people over the age of 40.
‘This is even after other people had already died from blood clots, and they still kept going.
Nicola Weideling suffered catastrophic bleeds on her brain after being hospitalised with blood clots caused by the vaccine she received just 24 days before she died, a coroner has ruled
Speaking after his late wife’s inquest at Hampshire Coroners Court in Winchester, Kurt Weideling said ministers now need to follow through on their promise to pay affected families £120,000 under the Vaccine Damage Payment programme
Nicola Weideling’s husband and sister Kurt Weideling and Liz Young attending the inquest at Winchester Coroners Court in Winchester, Hampshire
What is the risk of getting blood clot after AstraZeneca’s jab?
British health chiefs recommended all under-40s are offered an alternative to AstraZeneca’s vaccine because of blood clot fears.
According to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, as of September 1, 2021 there have been 416 cases of VITT and 72 deaths.
But statisticians analysed the numbers and found rates were slightly higher among younger adults, with females appearing to be at most risk, too.
Cambridge academics estimated around 1.9 in every 100,000 twenty-somethings given AstraZeneca’s jab would suffer serious blood clots alongside abnormally low platelet levels (thrombocytopenia) — the specific disorder linked to the jab. For thirty-somethings the figure was 1.5.
They compared that against the average number of Covid intensive care admissions that would be prevented by giving that cohort the jab. And they then analysed the risk/benefit ratio in different scenarios, based entirely on how widespread the disease was at the time.
For example, only 0.2 ICU admissions would be prevented for every 100,000 twenty-somethings given the jab at prevalence levels seen in April (fewer than 30,000 infections per week). For adults in their thirties, the figure was around 0.8.
It showed, however, the benefits of giving AstraZeneca’s vaccine to 40-49 year olds outweighed the potential risk (1.7 prevented ICU admissions per 100,000 people compared to 1.2 blood clots).
But the decision to recommend under-40s are offered Pfizer or Moderna’s jab instead was basically only taken because the outbreak was squashed to extremely low levels, as well as the fact younger people are known to face tiny odds of falling seriously ill with coronavirus.
For older adults, who the disease poses a much greater threat to, the benefits of vaccination are clear, regulators insist. Jabs have already saved around 13,000 lives in England, top scientists believe.
However, because there were so few blood clots, it made it impossible for No10’s vaccine advisory panel to give an exact age cut-off. Instead, they were only able to analyse figures by decade.
The first clots to alarm people were ones appearing in veins near the brains of younger adults in a condition called CSVT (cerebral sinus venous thrombosis).
Since that, however, people have developed clots in other parts of their bodies and they are usually linked to low numbers of platelets, which is unusual because platelets are usually used by the immune system to build the clots.
In most cases people recover fully and the blockages are generally easy to treat if spotted early, but they can trigger strokes or heart or lung problems if unnoticed.
Symptoms depend entirely on where the clot is, with brain blockages causing excruitiating headaches. Clots in major arteries in the abdomen can cause persistent stomach pain, and ones in the leg can cause swelling of the limbs.
Researchers in Germany believe the problem lies in the adenovirus vector — a common cold virus used so both vaccines can enter the body.
Academics investigating the issue say the complication is ‘completely absent’ in mRNA vaccines like Pfizer’s and Moderna’s because they have a different delivery mechanism.
‘I accept there is a delicate balance to be struck between the benefits of the vaccine and the risks but no other country would have given my wife that vaccine.
‘Seventy people have died in the UK from this side effect. Hundreds of people have life changing disabilities because of it.
‘They set up the Vaccine Damage Payment but have not paid out to anyone for Covid vaccinations.
‘There are families where the main breadwinner has died or has been left with brain damage and needs lifelong care. Everyone goes “oh well there are always side effects”, but we weren’t really given a choice. You had to do the right thing.
‘We were all told to do the right thing and get vaccinated, but the Government needs to do the right thing and pay compensation to those affected.’
The court heard Nicola had her first Covid-19 vaccine on April 21, 2021, and received the AstraZeneca injection, despite reported cases of people suffering devastating blood clots as a result of its side effects.
After a few days she started to complain of neck pain and had a telephone consultation with her GP on May 6, but at this stage it was believed to be ‘muscular’.
Mrs Weideling was taken to Royal Hampshire County Hospital two days later, after her symptoms of headaches and bruising developed.
Giving evidence to the inquest, Mr Weideling said: ‘An ambulance came and took her to the hospital in Winchester.
‘I wasn’t allowed in but we were chatting on our phones and she was diagnosed pretty quickly within an hour or two. She said “I have been told I have the blood clots associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine”.’
Mrs Weideling was given a CT scan of her head which revealed clots and she was ‘urgently transferred’ by ambulance to University Hospital Southampton, the local specialist hospital for these cases.
Mr Weideling, who was married to his wife for 22 years, added: ‘She was transferred to Southampton and on Sunday and Monday she was responding, she was fine and chatty.’
But Nicola stopped responding to texts on Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting Mr Weideling to call the hospital.
‘Then I had a call back from the hospital and they said she’s had a significant brain bleed and she never regained consciousness after that,’ he said.
‘They did surgery but on Thursday they said there’s been another bleed and there’s nothing they could do.’
A post-mortem examination showed Mrs Weideling died on May 15, 2021 after suffering a stroke caused by Vaccine-Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT), otherwise known as blood clots caused by a vaccine.
Jason Pegg, area coroner for Hampshire, said: ‘Nicola was only 45 at the time of her death.
‘She was a very thoughtful and kind lady, she was the hub of the social life in the circle of family and friends and someone who enjoyed a successful career. She was a very much-loved wife and sister.
‘Globally, we have been plagued with the Covid-19 pandemic and we in this country had the fortune to be offered vaccinations.
‘I have heard evidence today that Nicola was someone keen to get her first vaccine.
‘With the benefit of hindsight, it seems to me that the symptoms of pain in Nicola’s neck were more likely than not to be associated with [blood clots].
‘Nicola was somebody who did succumb to blood clots. Nicola developed cerebral blood clots in consequence to her Covid-19 vaccination. A rare but recognised complication of the vaccination which led to a cerebral infarction [stroke].’
Mr Weideling paid tribute to his wife during his evidence, adding she was ‘a supporter and believer in getting vaccinated. She went on the first or second day she was eligible for her age group to get vaccinated’.
‘Nicola was kind of the hub of every social interaction. She was always organising parties and events and holidays for people and catch ups and family get togethers,’ he said.
‘I’m from Australia, she’s from here. We lived together in Australia, America and the UK and she was always the one who kept in contact with people.
‘She was also very professionally driven. She had just had a big promotion in her job at Oxford University Press. She was very proud about that.’
Speaking after the inquest, Nicola’s sister, Liz Young, 42, added: ‘She was a very thoughtful and kind person.
Speaking after the inquest, Nicola’s sister added: ‘She was a very thoughtful and kind person’
The Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme allows people who are severely disabled due to a vaccination to claim a one-off tax-free payment of £120,000 (stock image)
‘What I find hard is that my sister is always referred to as collateral damage, but she’s not collateral damage. We want to know if they handled it appropriately or if they should have handled it differently.’
According to the British Heart Foundation, as of February 23, 2022, there were 438 reports of people developing blood clots after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK.
Of the 438 people who developed blood clots, 79 died. Six of these deaths occurred after the second dose.
Up to 920 compensation applications have been filed by people who were left seriously injured after getting the Covid-19 vaccine as claims could hit £110million.
The Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (VDPS) allows people who are allegedly severely disabled due to a vaccination to claim a one-off tax-free payment of £120,000.
Family members of someone who has died after becoming disabled because of what they claim is the vaccination are also eligible to apply for the fixed payout.
It has emerged that the bill paid to those left with life-changing injuries from the Covid-19 vaccine or the families of those who died after getting the jab could top £110million, The Times reported.
Healthy mother-of-three, 43, died from blood clots in ‘rare complication’ after she had AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, coroner finds
A mother-of three died of multiple blood clots weeks after having a Covid vaccine, an inquest has found.
Tanya Smith, 43, received the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine on March 21, 2021 at the Plymouth Argyle vaccination clinic.
The childminder from Plymouth then began suffering from severe stomach pains in the days after getting the jab, Plymouth Coroner’s Court was told in December last year.
She was later admitted into Derriford Hospital and died on April 3 in the Penrose intensive care unit (ICU).
Tanya Smith (left) suffered severe stomach cramps and was taken to hospital where they discovered she had multiple blood clots
Ms Smith (pictured with her partner Kenneth Edwards) underwent surgery but her condition worsened and she sadly died on April 3, 2021
At Ms Smith’s inquest, senior coroner Ian Arrow said the blood clots were a ‘very rare complication’ of the coronavirus vaccine.
Recording a narrative verdict, Mr Arrow said: ‘It appears to me on the balance of probabilities that, in fact, on the 21st March 2021, Tanya received a vaccination.
‘It appears to me some days after she has then developed a number of thromboses throughout her system. In other words, a number of blood clots.
‘I’m satisfied those blood clots have led to her death. On the balance of probability, this is a very rare complication of this particular kind of treatment.’
Dr Veronika Kuznets, a GP at Wycliffe Surgery, on Cattedown Road, confirmed Ms Smith, a key worker, had been referred for her first dose of the vaccine.
A post-mortem examination carried out by consultant pathologist Dr Oriolowo found ‘widespread’ blood clots throughout Ms Smith’s body.