Award-winning radio presenter Lisa Shaw died due to rare complications from the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, a coroner has ruled.
Ms Shaw, 44, lost her life in May, just over three weeks after receiving her first dose, an inquest in Newcastle heard on Thursday.
The BBC Radio Newcastle host – referred to by her married name, Lisa Eve, during the hearing – began to complain about a headache a few days after the vaccination.
The mother-of-one sought help at an A&E in Durham, where medics diagnosed a blood clot.
She was transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for specialist treatment – including cutting away part of her skull to reduce pressure.
But doctors could do no more to help her and Ms Shaw died on 21 May this year.
Newcastle senior coroner, Karen Dilks, recorded a narrative verdict at the end of the hearing, which lasted less than an hour.
She concluded: “Lisa died due to complications of an AstraZeneca COVID vaccine.”
The coroner said: “On April 29 2021, she had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and, following that, she developed a vaccine-induced thrombosis and thrombocytopenia – a rare and aggressive complication associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was the underlying cause of her death.”
Blood clots after the AstraZeneca vaccine are rare. Up to 11 August, there have been 412 cases of blood clots, after an estimated 24.8 million first doses, and 23.9 million second doses of the jab. Of the 412 people who developed blood clots, 73 died.
Pathologist Tuomo Polvikoski had told the coroner how Ms Shaw was fit and healthy before having the vaccine.
When asked about the underlying cause of the fatal clotting on her brain, Dr Polvikoski said the clinical evidence “strongly supports the idea that it was, indeed, vaccine induced”.
“Based on available clinical information, it seems to be the most likely explanation,” the pathologist added.
Ms Shaw’s husband, Gareth Eve, was present at the inquest alongside other relatives.
The family said in a statement: “This is another difficult day in what has been a devastating time for us.
“The death of our beloved Lisa has left a terrible void in our family and in our lives.
“She truly was the most wonderful wife, mum, daughter, sister and friend.
“We have said all we want to say in public at this time and ask to be left alone to grieve and rebuild our lives in private. Thank you.”
Ms Shaw previously worked in commercial radio and won a Sony Gold Award in 2012 for the Real Radio breakfast show she co-presented with Gary Philipson.