Remembering Lisa Shaw: Mother-of-one who died after first AstraZeneca jab was a 'wonderful and talented human being'

Mother-of-one and award winning BBC radio presenter, Lisa Shaw, has been described by one of her friends as a "wonderful and talented human being".

Friday, 28th May 2021, 3:59 pm

Ms. Shaw's family believe she died from blood clots and bleeding after she received the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

The talented 44 year-old BBC Radio Newcastle presenter developed headaches after receiving her first dose of the vaccine.

Lisa Shaw's family said she was treated for blood clots after she received the vaccine and she tragically passed away in the Royal Victoria infirmary in Newcastle.

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"In total shock over this news. Lisa was my housemate at uni, we laughed endlessly for three years," said friend and now Sky Sports football commentator Gary Taphouse.

"A wonderful and talented human being. Sending all my love to her husband Gareth and her gorgeous little boy. Life is so cruel," he added.

"Very sad to hear this. I did my 2 work experiences at 15 & 16 in the newsroom at Metro Radio & Lisa was my mentor. She was lovely & I always really appreciated the effort she put into helping me have an amazing experience (which shaped what I did at Uni)," tweeted a woman called Katie D'Arcy.

A coroner will now examine Ms Shaw's death after it emerged an interim fact-of-death certificate states a "complication of AstraZeneca Covid-19 virus vaccination" as a consideration.

In a statement, Ms Shaw's family said they are "devastated" and explained "we will love and miss her always".

"Lisa developed severe headaches a week after receiving her AstraZeneca vaccine and fell seriously ill a few days later.

"She was treated by the RVI's [Royal Victoria Infirmary] intensive care team for blood clots and bleeding in her head," said Ms Shaw's family.

"Tragically she passed away, surrounded by her family, on Friday afternoon. 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.

Lisa Shaw had no underlying health conditions.

"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."

A spokesperson for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said it was "saddened" to hear about Ms. Shaw's sudden death and said it's investigation into reports of blood clots would continue.

"We are saddened to hear about the death of Lisa Shaw and our thoughts are with her family.

"As with any serious suspected adverse reaction, reports with a fatal outcome are fully evaluated by the MHRA, including an assessment of post-mortem details if available.

"Our detailed and rigorous review into reports of blood clots occurring together with thrombocytopenia is ongoing."

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