AAn award-winning BBC radio presenter has died in hospital after suffering from blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, her devastated family has said.
Lisa Shaw, who worked for BBC Newcastle, developed “severe” headaches a week after receiving the stroke and fell seriously ill a few days later, relatives said in a statement.
The 44-year-old man died at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle on Friday afternoon after being treated in intensive care for blood clots and bleeding.
People under 40 in the UK are being offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine following reports of extremely rare blood clots in the brain associated with a low platelet count.
The Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said the benefits of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine continue to outweigh the risks for most people. He did not prove that the vaccine caused the clots, but said the link was strengthening.
Since Shaw’s death was first announced on air on Sunday, tributes from colleagues and listeners have been pouring in.
In a statement released by the BBC, the mother said: “Lisa developed a severe headache a week after receiving her AstraZeneca vaccine and fell seriously ill a few days later.
“She was treated by the intensive care team at the Royal Victoria Infirmary for blood clots and bleeding in the head.
“Tragically, she passed away, surrounded by her family, on Friday afternoon.
“We are devastated and there is a Lisa shaped hole in our lives that can never be filled.
“We will love her and we will always miss her.
“It was a great comfort to see how much she was loved by everyone whose lives she touched, and we are asking for privacy at this time to allow us to mourn as a family.
Shaw previously worked in commercial radio and won a Sony Gold Award in 2012 for the breakfast show she hosted on Real Radio with co-host Gary Philipson.
Rik Martin, acting editor of BBC Radio Newcastle, said: “Everyone at the station is devastated and thinks of Lisa’s lovely family.
“She was a trusted colleague, a brilliant presenter, a wonderful friend, a loving wife and mom.
“She loved being on the radio and was loved by our audiences.
“We lost that special someone who meant a lot to a lot of people.”
Chris Burns, director of BBC Local Radio, added: “Lisa was a talented presenter who had already accomplished a lot and would have accomplished a lot more.”
A spokesperson for the hospital said: “We were extremely saddened by the news of Lisa’s death, but it would be inappropriate for us to discuss individual details about a patient. Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the family during this difficult time.
The risk of a clot from the bite is estimated to be about one in 100,000 for people in their 40s. The risk of death at any age from such a clot has been estimated to be around one in a million.