Melissa D (deceased)

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Melissa was 43 when she died suddenly, eleven days after her one and only AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination. She leaves behind a grieving husband, two children and a grandchild.

This is her story, as told by her friend and closest supporter, Leanne.

I first met Melissa in 2017 when I was appointed as her disability support worker. She had suffered from a stroke at the age of 38 which left her unable to work in her profession as a Registered Nurse. The stroke occurred as a result of surgery she had to resolve a subarachnoid aneurysm, leaving her with executive functioning damage to her brain, paralysis in her left arm and shortened calf muscles on both legs. I joined a team of carers who provided daily care to Melissa and her family. During her rehabilitation Melissa was going from strength to strength, initially learning to walk in high heeled boots. Later on, surgery to her Achilles tendon meant she was able to walk flat footed again. Things were looking up.

During the media hype around COVID-19, Melissa was glued to the TV. Then when vaccines were introduced she said that having worked as an RN she was not averse to the idea of the vaccines. Her young son was very against the idea and her husband was also against them, although both he and her daughter were eventually mandated within their workplaces. Regardless, Melissa didn’t rush out to get vaccinated, and it wasn’t ’til talk of mandates for the health industry were being pushed in the media, that she asked one of the other support workers to take her to a vaccination hub. They went to Priceline at Port Macquarie on 5th September 2021 where she was given the AstraZeneca vaccine.

She didn’t suffer any immediate symptoms post-vaccination. But then on 15th September, 10 days later, she told one of her support workers she felt nauseated, light headed and dizzy, and very short of breath. She must have felt so bad that she quite sternly asked the worker to take her to hospital. I believe an ambulance was called and by the time she presented at ER she had developed a high fever. Staff at the hospital admitted Melissa into the COVID ward where she was given a PCR test. She was to be isolated there until the results were received.

At lunchtime the next day I went to the hospital with some her some belongings and was only able to see her through a window as there were still no results from the PCR test. She looked pretty good, smiling and waving through the window.

I went home and later that night I received a phone call from the doctor to inform me of Melissa’s passing. I was completely floored. How did she go from being dizzy with a fever to dead in less than 24 hours?

Melissa’s daughter and I went straight to the hospital and met with the doctor. He said he had never seen anything like it before. He told us they had tried to revive her for 45 minutes. I mentioned her recent vaccination and queried if that could have been the cause of her death, and he said, ‘It wouldn’t be that.’

The hospital then spoke with her regular GP as they were aware Melissa was under NDIS care. They asked if there was anything that might have led to her demise. The GP said there was no reason for an otherwise healthy 43 year-old to simply drop dead. The police were then called, because now her death was an unexplained death.

Melissa’s daughter and I were interviewed by the police and we were asked to identify her body. We were warned before entering the room that Melissa had been frothing at the mouth, so we were unable to get very close to her because of the distancing rules! To spare her daughter I identified her mother for her. No friend or family member should have to endure that.

When I got home from the hospital I received a text message to say Melissa’s PCR test result was NEGATIVE. At least they couldn’t call this a COVID-19 death to add to their tally!

We all had to go give a statement. I, all the other carers, and the family had to be interviewed to see if we had done something or seen something to bring on her early death. I am a thorough person and had kept detailed notes of her care and medication and was able to provide the police with all the information. I also mentioned her recent vaccination, and the policeman was not going to put it in until I firmly insisted and he add that to the statement.

Melissa’s body was sent to Newcastle for an autopsy and the results came back as NO KNOWN CAUSE OF DEATH. The results were then sent to the coroner. To this day there is still no answer.

Three months after her death my statement went missing somewhere between the Port Macquarie police station and the Port Macquarie Court House. The interviewing officer could not understand why it was not saved in their system. Nor had I been given a hard copy. I had to go back to give another statement, which was exactly the same as my first — the truth.

Since then, the police have changed the case managers three times. Eighteen months ago they went to the family home and took Melissa’s iPad to see if her death was a result of foul play. They still have it. The family have asked for it back but have had little success so far.

Recently I added Melissa’s death to the class action suit with Dr. McCann

I still regularly work with Melissa’s family, supporting her 15 year old son. They are more broken than ever. They know what killed Melissa.

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Melissa was 43 when she died suddenly, eleven days after her one and only AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination. She leaves behind a grieving husband, two children and a grandchild.

This is her story, as told by her friend and closest supporter, Leanne.

I first met Melissa in 2017 when I was appointed as her disability support worker. She had suffered from a stroke at the age of 38 which left her unable to work in her profession as a Registered Nurse. The stroke occurred as a result of surgery she had to resolve a subarachnoid aneurysm, leaving her with executive functioning damage to her brain, paralysis in her left arm and shortened calf muscles on both legs. I joined a team of carers who provided daily care to Melissa and her family. During her rehabilitation Melissa was going from strength to strength, initially learning to walk in high heeled boots. Later on, surgery to her Achilles tendon meant she was able to walk flat footed again. Things were looking up.

During the media hype around COVID-19, Melissa was glued to the TV. Then when vaccines were introduced she said that having worked as an RN she was not averse to the idea of the vaccines. Her young son was very against the idea and her husband was also against them, although both he and her daughter were eventually mandated within their workplaces. Regardless, Melissa didn’t rush out to get vaccinated, and it wasn’t ’til talk of mandates for the health industry were being pushed in the media, that she asked one of the other support workers to take her to a vaccination hub. They went to Priceline at Port Macquarie on 5th September 2021 where she was given the AstraZeneca vaccine.

She didn’t suffer any immediate symptoms post-vaccination. But then on 15th September, 10 days later, she told one of her support workers she felt nauseated, light headed and dizzy, and very short of breath. She must have felt so bad that she quite sternly asked the worker to take her to hospital. I believe an ambulance was called and by the time she presented at ER she had developed a high fever. Staff at the hospital admitted Melissa into the COVID ward where she was given a PCR test. She was to be isolated there until the results were received.

At lunchtime the next day I went to the hospital with some her some belongings and was only able to see her through a window as there were still no results from the PCR test. She looked pretty good, smiling and waving through the window.

I went home and later that night I received a phone call from the doctor to inform me of Melissa’s passing. I was completely floored. How did she go from being dizzy with a fever to dead in less than 24 hours?

Melissa’s daughter and I went straight to the hospital and met with the doctor. He said he had never seen anything like it before. He told us they had tried to revive her for 45 minutes. I mentioned her recent vaccination and queried if that could have been the cause of her death, and he said, ‘It wouldn’t be that.’

The hospital then spoke with her regular GP as they were aware Melissa was under NDIS care. They asked if there was anything that might have led to her demise. The GP said there was no reason for an otherwise healthy 43 year-old to simply drop dead. The police were then called, because now her death was an unexplained death.

Melissa’s daughter and I were interviewed by the police and we were asked to identify her body. We were warned before entering the room that Melissa had been frothing at the mouth, so we were unable to get very close to her because of the distancing rules! To spare her daughter I identified her mother for her. No friend or family member should have to endure that.

When I got home from the hospital I received a text message to say Melissa’s PCR test result was NEGATIVE. At least they couldn’t call this a COVID-19 death to add to their tally!

We all had to go give a statement. I, all the other carers, and the family had to be interviewed to see if we had done something or seen something to bring on her early death. I am a thorough person and had kept detailed notes of her care and medication and was able to provide the police with all the information. I also mentioned her recent vaccination, and the policeman was not going to put it in until I firmly insisted and he add that to the statement.

Melissa’s body was sent to Newcastle for an autopsy and the results came back as NO KNOWN CAUSE OF DEATH. The results were then sent to the coroner. To this day there is still no answer.

Three months after her death my statement went missing somewhere between the Port Macquarie police station and the Port Macquarie Court House. The interviewing officer could not understand why it was not saved in their system. Nor had I been given a hard copy. I had to go back to give another statement, which was exactly the same as my first — the truth.

Since then, the police have changed the case managers three times. Eighteen months ago they went to the family home and took Melissa’s iPad to see if her death was a result of foul play. They still have it. The family have asked for it back but have had little success so far.

Recently I added Melissa’s death to the class action suit with Dr. McCann

I still regularly work with Melissa’s family, supporting her 15 year old son. They are more broken than ever. They know what killed Melissa.

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