Mum-of-two, 36, died from rare complications of Covid jab, inquest reveals


Mrs Wooldridge was found dead in her home by her brother in June last year, after she failed to collect her five-year-old son from school

Dawn Wooldridge is said to have died as a result of complications from taking Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
Dawn Wooldridge is said to have died as a result of complications from taking Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine

A mother-of-two died as a result of rare complications from the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination, an inquiry was told.

A post-mortem examination on the body of Dawn Wooldridge had previously proved inconclusive but an inquest heard on Thursday that the unexpected death, which happened 11 days after Dawn’s first Covid jab, was likely caused as a result of the vaccination.

The 36-year-old was found dead in her home by her brother in June last year, after she failed to collect her five-year-old son from school that day.

In a statement to the Berkshire coroner by Dawn’s husband, Ashley, he said: “We met on holiday in Turkey and we have been married for seven years this year.

“We had our son nearly six years ago and our daughter just two years ago.

Dawn with her partner, Ashley Wooldridge


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“My main concern is that when they are old enough, I want to have enough of an explanation about how their mum died.”

Ashley said the only significant thing that had happened around the time of Dawn’s death was that she had her Covid jab.

The family, including her husband, her brother and his wife and her stepparents attended the inquest in Reading.

They heard how the day of her death had been completely normal – she had dropped her son off at school in the morning, visited a friend for coffee and had spoken to her mother over the phone that afternoon.

The coroner said that Dawn’s medical records confirmed she received her first Covid-19 jab on June 4.

Dr Sukhvinder Ghataura told the coroner how her body had been essentially healthy at the time of her death and how the toxicology report had found no signs of alcohol or drugs in her system at the time.

Ashley said he wanted to have ‘enough of an explanation’ about how Dawn died for his children when they were older


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Dawn was just 36 years old when she passed away


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The only points noted were inflammation of the heart, fluid in her lungs alongside a small clot on her lungs.

These, alongside menstrual irregularity and complaints of pain in her jaw and arm in the days after the vaccine – the pathologist suggested, were linked to myocarditis.

He told the coroner “On the balance of probabilities, she had vaccine-related problems.

“There is nothing else for me to hang my hat on.

“It is the most likely reason, in my conclusion. It is more than likely Dawn died in response to the Covid jab.”

Husband Ashley was visibly shocked in the coroner’s room by the change in the pathologist’s perspective.

Speaking on his behalf, Dawn’s brother Stuart Lynch asked the pathologist: “Do you think she would still be alive if she hadn’t had the vaccine?”

Dr Ghataura replied: “It’s a difficult question but I would say yes. I wish to pass on my condolences to Dawn’s family.”

Concluding the inquest, assistant Coroner Alison McCormick said: “Dawn was a 36-year-old married lady.

“Her husband Ashley and her members of her family are here today as a testament to the woman she was.

“She lived in Twyford, near Wokingham, Berks., and was a full-time mum.

“She had no significant medical history and was not on any medication when she died.

“She had her first Pfizer vaccine on June 4, 2021, and evidence after that shows her periods became irregular.

“She also reported pains in her arm and her jaw. June 15, 2021, was a normal day for her. There is no evidence she was ill that day.

“She walked her son to school in the morning and went to get coffee with a friend. That afternoon she had a 15-20 minute phone call with her mum.

“She didn’t, however pick her son up from school. Her brother went to the house where he saw her face-down, collapsed on the floor. She had been on the toilet prior to her collapse.

“With the help of a local builder he gained access to the house, and a defibrillator was used.

“Police and paramedics attended quickly, but despite their efforts no life-saving opportunities were available and she passed away at her home address on that day.

“Subsequent to her death, a toxicology and post-mortem examination were undertaken and initially, Dr Ghataura said he was unable to provide a cause for Dawn’s death, stating the post-mortem findings were ‘unascertained.’

“Today I heard from Dr Ghataura and during the course of the evidence he expressed a change of view that in the balance of probabilities, it is more likely than not she died from acute myocarditis due to her recent Covid-19 immunisation.

“I give the narrative conclusion that her death was caused by acute myocarditis, due to recent Covid-19 immunization.

“Ashley, you will have something to say to your children to explain why their mother died so tragically.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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