Adam Bounds suffered a massive bleed to the brain and died 11 days after receiving anAstraZeneca jab, and was diagnosed with “vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia”, an inquest heard
A dad who died after complaining of “feeling cold” and suffering headaches had a “very rare” reaction to a coronavirus vaccine, an inquest heard.
Tributes have poured in for Adam Bounds, described as the “life and soul of the party”, who suffered a massive bleed to the brain and died 11 days after receiving an Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.
An expert told the inquest that Mr Bounds had “vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia”, and there have been only about 260 cases in the UK following tens of millions of jabs.
The 41-year-old began complaining he was cold and sick after coming back from a friends barbecue and initially felt he had eaten “something dodgy”, PlymouthLive reports.
The headaches got worse the following day and his dad Les Bounds called an ambulance when Adam could not stand properly and was “floppy” with no strength in his arms or legs, Plymouth Coroner’s Court heard.
He told the paramedics he had vomited three times, twice in the night and once more in the morning. As his level of consciousness decreased it was decided to take him to the emergency department at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital.
On arrival he underwent a CT scan which revealed an acute right-frontal lobe haemorrhage which caused compression of the brain stem.
He was transferred to Derriford Hospital for neurosurgery but during the operation it was noted his brain had become “very swollen and very tense” and the surgeon found there was no improvement, despite the removal of the blood.
A decision was then taken by the neurosurgeon not to continue with the craniotomy further “due to futility as to the appearance of the very swollen and very tense brain and the absence of response to the haematoma evacuation was associated with a negligible chance of survival and recovery.”
Adam, a dedicated Liverpool fan and devoted dad, died on May 31 and a cause of death was given as intracerebral haemorrhage (operated).
Dr Wayne Thomas, a consultant haematologist at Derriford Hospital, also gave evidence to the inquest which noted that tests of Mr Bounds’ blood found a “marked reduction of platelet count” and that a low platelet count gave a “tendency to bleed”.
Dr Thomas explained that “as we are all acutely aware under the situation with Covid infection we have subsequently become aware of vaccine-associated changes within our blood clotting system.”
He said Mr Bounds’ diagnosis was “vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia” and it was noted that he had received the AstraZeneca vaccine “11 days beforehand”.
He said: “We know from studies that this is very rare – there has only been about 260 cases described in the UK and we know that in the situation of patients who present with bleeding at the time of presentation that the mortality is around 70 to 75 percent.”
He added that the hospital was not aware of the diagnosis until “after the event”.
When offered opportunity to ask questions, Mr Bounds’ dad, Les, said his son would have had the vaccine “anyway”, adding that he had “everything to live for”.
Senior coroner Ian Arrow said he would record a narrative conclusion stating that Mr Bounds had been vaccinated 11 days before his death against Covid-19.
He explained: “On the balance of probabilities this created a vaccine-induced thrombocytopenia. That led to Adam having a low platelet count making him vulnerable to haemorrhage.
“He was given platelets but sadly succumbed to a haemorrhage.”
Mr Bounds’ brother paid tribute to him on behalf of his whole family.
He said: “Adam was a much loved member of our family, and the local community. He leaves behind his son Owen, dad Les and brother Jamie.
“In shock at the outcome of the inquest, will be greatly missed, he was the life and soul of the party, and certainly made the most of his 41 years.”
Hundreds of tributes were received after the death of Mr Bounds, whose funeral was held at the Minster Church in Axminster on June 18 this year.
Mr Bounds had been an avid football fan and had played for Axminster Town and Uplyme.
His coffin was draped with a Liverpool FC and an England shirt.
Donations were to be sent to the RNLI as “Lifeboat Week was one of Adam’s favourite events”.