BBC presenter Lisa Shaw died of a bleed to the brain after suffering "complications" connected to the AstraZeneca Covid jab, an inquest heard today.

The healthy 44-year-old tragically lost her life when she suffered an extremely rare haemorrhage after she was vaccinated.

Lisa, a mum-of-one who worked for BBC Newcastle, had complained of "severe" headaches a week after receiving her first jab.

She fell seriously ill a few days later, before dying in hospital three weeks after the dose was administered.

This morning, coroner Karen Dilks concluded Lisa died as a result of complications from the jab.

Cases of adverse reactions linked to the jab are rare, and doctors stress the benefits far outweigh the risks for most people.

Lisa's family called the inquest "another difficult day in what has been a devastating time".

"The death of our beloved Lisa has left a terrible void in our family and in our lives," they said.

"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."

Lisa's husband Gareth Eve has told of his final moments with the presenter after she was transferred to the high dependency unit in hospital.

He told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire: "I went to see her and she told me to go home and see our son because it was late.

"She said 'I'm tired'. I gave her a kiss. And I never spoke to her again."

And he told how how Lisa had been "excited" to get the vaccine so she could "give her mam a hug".

He said: "What the vaccine has done is unbelievable. The work these people have done to get the country back on its feet is outstanding.

I gave her a kiss. And I never spoke to her again

"But we need to recognise there are families who have been affected by this jab."

Lisa's devastated relatives told of their heartbreak after her death, saying: "There is a Lisa-shaped hole in our lives that will never be filled."

They said in a statement: "She was treated by the Royal Victoria Infirmary's intensive care team for blood clots and bleeding in her head.

"Tragically, she passed away, surrounded by her family.

"We are devastated and there is a Lisa-shaped hole in our lives that can never be filled. We will love and miss her always.

"It's been a huge comfort to see how loved she was by everyone whose lives she touched, and we ask for privacy at this time to allow us to grieve as a family."

Lisa joined the radio station in 2016, and tributes flooded in from colleagues after she died.


Acting executive editor Rik Martin said: "She was a trusted colleague, a brilliant presenter, a wonderful friend, and a loving wife and mum."

And BBC presenter Alfie Joey fought back tears as he announced her death on air.

He told BBC Radio Newcastle listeners Lisa was a "very special person".

His voice cracked as he paid tribute, saying: "We are so sorry and we are so saddened to share with you that our beautiful friend and lovely college Lisa Shaw has died from a very short illness at the age of only 44.

"Lisa, as you know, was genuine, warm, kind, calm, and full of life.

"She was a wife, she was a mam, a very special person. She meant a lot to a lot of people, including us. Everyone here is absolutely gutted."

He then played Thank You for Being a Friend by Andrew Gold.

Brits aged under 40 are now offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine.


Researchers investigating bleeds in those with jabs now know the condition as 'vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia', or VITT.

It appears to affect a very small number of people given either the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson jabs.

Scientists estimate that VITT occurred in about 1 in 50,000 people aged under 50 who received the AZ vaccine.

Experts continue to urge any unvaccinated Brits to come forward – and say the chances of developing a life-threatening condition are much higher for those who suffer Covid.

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