Mum dies from ‘very rare complications’ from Covid jab leaving her family ‘lost’


Tanya Smith’s family have described her as an “amazing” and “selfless” woman who will be sorely missed by her family and people across Plymouth following her death

Childminder Tanya Smith (on left) who sadly died in April 2021 after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine
Childminder Tanya Smith (left) who died after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine

A mum has died of “rare complications” after her Covid jab – leaving her family “lost without her”.

Tanya Smith suffered a series of fatal blood clots which a senior coroner said was a result of the effects of the vaccine she was given, Plymouth Live reports.

An inquest has found the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine likely caused the effects which lead to her death.

She died at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth and senior coroner, Ian Arrow, said it was, on the balance of probabilities, a result of the effects of the vaccine.

Ms Smith received the AstraZeneca jab on March 21 at the Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park stadium, but later developed a number of blood clots.

Tanya’s family have been devastated by her death
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He said he was satisfied that on the balance of probabilities “those blood clots have led to her death”, saying it was a “very rare complication of this particular kind of treatment”.

In June her family described her as an “amazing” and “selfless” woman who will be sorely missed by her family and people across the city.

Sitting at Plymouth Coroner’s Court, Mr Arrow said a report from Dr Veronkika Kuznets, a GP at the Wycliffe Surgery had contacted the surgery in February this year for an e-consult.

The inquest heard that Ms Smith described having what was described as viral upper-respiratory tract symptoms.

Tanya Smith and her partner Kenneth Edwards
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She received a reply on February 11 with advice on self care and to arrange a Covid-19 test. The following day the test came back as negative.

On February 23, Ms Smith submitted another e-consult requesting blood test and X-rays after suffering an ongoing cough and headache.

The clinician replied two days later saying a chest X-ray had been requested and she needed to book an appointment for it.

On March 11, Ms Smith submitted another e-consult complaining of “left upper arm pain” which had been ongoing for four days and “long-standing headaches “.

She had a telephone conversation with a GP about the arm pain which she described as feeling like “a punch” the previous week but it was now settling.

On the afternoon of March 30 Ms Smith had arranged for a telephone consultation with the urgent care clinician but she did not reply to the call.

Reading from the GP’s report, Mr Arrow told the inquest: “Ms Smith had her first dose of the Covid 19 vaccination administered on 21 March 2021 at the Plymouth Argyle Home Park vaccination centre. AstraZeneca 0.5ml.”

A post-mortem report by consultant pathologist Dr Oriolowo was read out at the inquest which stated the cause of death in his opinion was “1a) haemorrhagic intestinal and myocardial infarction” – where the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked – and “1b) widespread thromboembolic episodes.”

The family of Tanya Smith (left) have paid tribute to her
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Dr Oriolowo noted that Ms Smith had “recently had an AstraZeneca vaccination followed by acute epigastric pain and was taken to hospital for treatment for widespread thrombotic problems.”

He also concluded her death was “attributable to haemorrhagic intestinal and myocardial infarctions due to the widespread thrombotic episodes” – the formation in a blood vessel of a clot that breaks loose and is carried by the bloodstream to plug another vessel.

Senior Coroner Ian Arrow saidit appeared to him that on the balance of probabilities that on March 21, 2021 Ms Smith received an AstraZeneca vaccination at the Plymouth Argyle ground, Home Park.

He said that it appeared to him that “some days afterwards she has then developed a number of thromboses throughout her system – in other words, a number of blood clots”

He said that he was satisfied that on the balance of probabilities “those blood clots have led to her death”.

He added: “It appears to me that on the balance of probability this is a very rare complication of this particular kind of treatment.”

Before concluding the inquest Mr Arrow addressed the family of Ms Smith, who had attended the short hearing, saying that he hoped that the inquest “offers you a degree of closure – I can see that it is a terribly raw, sad afternoon for you. I would like to offer you my sincere condolences”

Ms Smith she had moved to Plymouth from Portsmouth as a child and worked as a childminder for Plymouth City Council for more than 19 years, while being a dedicated mum to her three children.

Kenneth Edwards her partner of eight years said: “She was just amazing, selfless. She was a childminder – a really good childminder for 19 years.

“She leaves three children behind, two grown up children and a 12-year-old little girl with disabilities.

“She was the only woman, apart from my mum, who really looked after me. She loved her family, she was really family-orientated and she’d go above and beyond.

“We’re all pretty lost without her, I’ve never experienced anything like this.”

Shortly after her death a spokesperson for the MHRA (the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, part of the Department of Health and Social Care) said: “We are saddened to hear about the death of Tania Smith and our thoughts are with the 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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