A 37-year-old teacher has been left brain dead in an Italian hospital after having her first AstraZeneca vaccine and suffering a brain haemorrhage days later.
An investigation has been launched after teacher Zelia Guzzo died at Hospital Sant’Elia in the commune of Caltanissetta in the Italian island of Sicily.
She received her first AstraZeneca vaccine on 1st March and was taken ill last Friday morning.
The teacher, who came from the Sicilian city of Gela, was taken to a local hospital after feeling disorientated and suffering from a severe headache.
However, the young woman’s condition worsened and she was taken to Hospital Sant’Elia in Caltanissetta by helicopter after suffering a brain haemorrhage, according to local media.
Medics carried out emergency neurosurgery on the teacher, but her condition continued to deteriorate.
Head of the intensive care unit Giancarlo Foresta said: “I filled out the form of a suspected adverse drug reaction for AIFA (Italian Medicines Agency) this morning.
“The patient had no previous conditions. I personally do not have the competence to determine if there is a link between the vaccine and the woman’s health background.
“AIFA’s expert analysis will help to clarify this.”
The vaccine batch is believed to be different from the one withdrawn in multiple countries in recent days.
Meanwhile, the public prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into the victim’s vaccination on 1st March and subsequent death days later.
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