A mother of three and key worker suffered multiple blood clots and died in hospital just days after receiving the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination.
Childminder Tanya Smith had her first jab in late March and died on April 3 after being rushed to hospital with severe stomach cramps.
Her partner of eight years Kenneth Edwards – who believes she would still be alive if she hadn’t had the jab – described her as ‘healthy’.
He has now decided to speak out after hearing about the death of BBC radio presenter Lisa Shaw, who died in similar circumstances last month.
Tanya, 43, was an “amazing” and “selfless” partner, mum and childminder, her devastated family said.
An inquest is set to take place to determine the circumstances surrounding her death.
Kenneth said Tanya felt “pretty rough” for a couple of days after the jab – and then woke one morning with painful stomach cramps and called 111 for help.
He said her suffering did not ease even after a paramedic attended and gave her painkillers and she was taken to hospital where it was later found she had suffered multiple blood clots.
Tanya soon suffered a heart attack and a cardiac arrest and after a short period of stability, her condition got ‘progressively worse’ before she tragically died in hospital on April 3.
The European Medicines Agency says the benefits of the vaccine in combating the widespread threat of Covid-19 (which itself results in clotting problems and may be fatal) continue to outweigh the risk of side effects.
Mr Edwards told Plymouth Live he believes Tanya would still be alive if she hadn’t have had the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine -because she was “healthy and young-ish” before having her jab. However, this can not be confirmed until a full investigation and inquest into her death has taken place.
HM Coroners Office in Plymouth has confirmed that the her death has been reported to the coroner, but no inquest has been opened and the cause of death is awaited.
Tanya was invited to have her vaccination early because she was a key worker and a carer for her daughter who has disabilities.
Mr Edwards said “She was just amazing, selfless. She was a childminder – a really good childminder for 19 years.
“She leaves three children behind, two grown up children and a 12-year-old little girl with disabilities.
“She was the only woman, apart from my mum, who really looked after me. She loved her family, she was really family-orientated and she’d go above and beyond.
“We’re all pretty lost without her, I’ve never experienced anything like this.”
“I know it’s a small percent [of people that have blood clots after the vaccine] but my partner was healthy. Within four days she had passed away.”
“She obviously had a reaction from the jab,” he claimed. “She’d never suffered from blood clots. She was healthy. She was healthy before she had that jab.”
“I would not stop anyone getting the jab, but people need to know [what happened] to make their own decision.”