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Patient died from chronic illness, not Covid jab, declare health officials


The death of a male patient 10 days after getting a Covid-19 jab was just a coincidence, Dr Sophon Mekthon, who oversees the government’s sub-committee on vaccine management, announced on Friday.

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Earlier Report: Ministry probing death of 60-year-old patient after vaccination
Later in the day, Dr Tawee Chotpitayasunondh from the National Communicable Disease Committee, who is also an adviser to the public health minister, said the patient had received the jab on March 3 after undergoing a health examination.

Dr Tawee Chotpitayasunondh

The patient had been declared healthy on the third and sixth day. On the seventh day, health officers could not reach him. He then got admitted to hospital on the ninth day, complaining of a tight chest, difficulty in breathing and fatigue. The patient died the following day on March 13.

As per the patient’s health records, he had undergone surgery in late January for an aortic aneurysm and had spent 40 days in hospital. The patient was aware that he faced the risk of being infected and had agreed to take the jab one week earlier. He had also been checked by a doctor and declared healthy enough to be inoculated, Dr Tawee said.

Autopsy results show the patient had died from an abdominal aneurysm, which was not related to the vaccine.

Tawee said an abdominal aneurysm, or distension caused by a weakened artery, is like a time bomb as the artery can erupt causing internal bleeding and can become fatal without any warning.

He said people should take care of themselves and avoid risky behaviour that can lead to high blood pressure, such as eating fried foods or smoking.

Published : March 26, 2021

By : The Nation