Grand Fast, Michigan. (TREE) – The family of Ionia’s husband and mother says she died of complications after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Ann Wangist, 35, died on April 19 at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Anne’s death as a result of complications following receiving Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine,” her family said in a statement Thursday morning from a public relations firm at Grand Rapids.
A statement from a VanGeest family member did not say she died from the J&J vaccine, but instead said she died “as a result of complications. after (emphasis added) receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-1
The statement went on to describe VanGeest as a “loving mother, wife, sister and daughter.”
“An active member of the animal rescue community, Annie will be remembered as a fierce advocate, master multitasker and caring friend by her colleagues, fellow volunteers and family,” the statement said.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed to the VanGeest family that her death was announced via Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a vaccine safety system operated by the CDC and FDA.
“We have received a report from VAERS on the case (of Anne). It was filed by her health care provider, “wrote a member of the CDC Immunization Safety Service in an email exchange with a VanGeest relative.
VAERS receives reports of possible side effects (also called ‘side effects’) after vaccination. The system is not intended to determine whether a reported adverse event is caused by the vaccine, but serves as an early warning system and helps the CDC and FDA identify areas for further investigation. When VAERS receives reports of serious illness or death after vaccination, VAERS staff will contact the hospital where the patient was treated to obtain related medical records to better understand the adverse event. They do not routinely connect with the family. “
Neither the FDA nor the CDC would confirm to News 8 that they were investigating Van Geest’s death.
Her family says she received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on April 8. She later developed persistent headache, one of the symptoms reported in women under the age of 50 who have experienced a rare complication of the J&J vaccine.
On April 13, the CDC ordered a break in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following six reports of a “rare and severe type of blood clot” called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis or CVST.
Federal health officials have reported 15 complaints from J&J vaccine recipients – mostly women under the age of 50 – who have developed dangerous blood clots. Three died. But with more than 8 million doses administered, federal health officials decided last week that the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the risks and took an 11-day break from applying the shot. Younger women who are concerned about J&J’s shot may be looking for opportunities to get Pfizer or Moderna instead.
Anne VanGeest’s death certificate described the manner of death as “natural” and the cause as “acute subarachnoid hemorrhage non-traumatic”, which is described as “bleeding in the area between the brain and the thin tissues that cover it”.
Dr. Jeff Barnes of the University of Michigan, who was not involved in Vangest’s care and did not know the circumstances surrounding her death, told News 8 that a complication of J&J could result in “subarachnoid hemorrhage.”
Barnes explained what federal investigators found in the rare cases of blood clotting associated with the J&J vaccine.
“(Patients) developed a blood clot in one of the veins that drained from the brain, but they were also found to have a really low platelet count,” he told News 8. “(Low platelets) is one of the elements in the blood that help it clot. And so these patients were exposed to both bleeding and clotting. “
Barnes said patients developed the clotting complication between four and 28 days after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
According to the CDC, symptoms of a potentially fatal complication may include:
- Severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Swelling of the legs
- Constant abdominal pain
- Easy bruising or small blood stains under the skin outside the injection site
“It is really important for healthcare providers to be aware that this condition exists, although it is extremely rare. Because we need to know how to intervene and diagnose it and how to treat it appropriately, ”said Dr. Barnes, who noted that the CDC and FDA have developed specific steps to guide health care providers in diagnosis and treatment. in such cases. .
Metro Health – The University of Michigan said Monday that it is non-administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to women under 50 years of age “As an additional precaution.”
Barnes noted that the single-dose J&J vaccine is especially useful for people who do not have ready access to health care and may not be able to return for a second dose.
News 8 asked Barnes if he would recommend the J&J vaccine to women under the age of 50.
“If I had a family member, a younger family member, who was a woman who told me she was really worried about having to shoot two shots but was ready to shoot one shot, then I would encourage her to go and to take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. I think the risk here is extremely small, “he said. “The risks associated with getting COVID-19 and the many different things it can cause to our body are much higher. This is something I am much more concerned about, so I would definitely support a family member who told me they wanted to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for convenience or access. I would absolutely support them to do so. “
While VanGeest lived in Easton County, Ionia County, her death certificate was filed in Kent County because she died at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids.
A GoFundMe account to cover funeral expenses and support VanGeest’s family says she left behind four children. This reminded her of an animal lover. It says she worked at C-Snip, which provides castration and castration of pets, and volunteered for Ferals by Carol.
The VanGeest family’s statement called for privacy as they mourned the deaths of their wives and mothers and celebrated their lives.
He suggests that memorial offerings may be made on behalf of Annie C-Snip and LuvnPupz from Grand Rapids.