Health & Fitness Family's agonising wait for answers as mum with brain condition dies after Covid vaccine

12:25  16 april  2021
12:25  16 april  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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Kimberley Lockwood, 34, suffered a "catastrophic brain bleed" 10 days after the jab. She was dashed to hospital after initially experiencing vomiting, headaches and other unpleasant symptoms, reports Yorkshire Live.

There's currently no proven link between the vaccine and Kimberley's death and the family are awaiting the results of an autopsy and inquest so that they can find out if the vaccine had any impact.

The mother-of-two had a condition called idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), which causes increased fluid pressure around the brain.

When she was taken to hospital with the symptoms last month, doctors found she had a very low blood platelet count and would require a transfusion of vitamin K, and a lumbar puncture procedure.

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But her heartbroken husband Damien, 41, received a phone call the next day to say that he would need to come to the hospital to say goodbye - as Kimberley had suffered a "catastrophic" bleed on the brain and would not survive.

"The night before I was telling Jayden [their son] that she was just having a lumbar puncture and I said 'don't worry, she's had it plenty of times before and she'll be out tomorrow' and then the next day I had to tell him that she wouldn't be coming home,'" Damien said.

"We've been together 12 years, I met her in May and by August we were engaged because she was just that sort of person that everyone loved.

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"Her main thing was anything for the kids, we're really family-oriented and she loved going away with the family, we've had quite a few big, family holidays and that was one of the main reasons she wanted the injection, so she could on family holidays.

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"She loved her music too and was one of the first and last on the dance floor at parties - she was really fun-loving."

Damien, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, does not feel he has had a chance to "process" the death, as he had to return to work just days afterwards.

He added: "I'm self-employed so if I don't work then I don't make money, so I literally had the Thursday, Friday and the Monday off and then had to get back to work for the kids, so I've not really had much time to process it.

"Some days it's not too bad and then some days you feel it and you realise she isn't coming home, which gets you. It's hit everybody that hard, it's unbelievable."

Damien and Kimberley had been together for 12 years, and had two young kids together - Jayden and Jax.

An online fundraiser for Kimberley's family has been launched by one of her friends and if you would like to donate you can do so here.

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