CDC investigates death of Michigan woman who died from blood clot 11 days after receiving J&J

The family of a Michigan woman says she died from ‘as the result of complications after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.’

Anne VanGeest, 35, a mother-of-four from Easton Township, was given the one-shot immunization on April 8, reported WOOD TV.

Five days later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administation (FDA) recommended a temporary pause of J&J over blood clot concerns. 

VanGeest’s family says that within a few days, she developed a nonstop headache. 

She was eventually taken to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s hospital in Grand Rapids,  where she passed away on April 19 – 11 days after her inoculation. 

VanGeest (pictured) developed a nonstop headache and was eventually taken to Mercy Health Saint Mary's hospital, where she died on April 19

Anne VanGeest, 35 (left and right), from Easton Township, Michigan, received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on April 8. She developed a nonstop headache and was eventually taken to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s hospital, where she died on April 19

It comes after a pause was lifted on the J&J vaccine was lifted following blood clot concerns, mostly in women under age 50. Pictured: J&J vaccine at a pop-up clinic  in Staten Island, New York

It comes after a pause was lifted on the J&J vaccine was lifted following blood clot concerns, mostly in women under age 50. Pictured: J&J vaccine at a pop-up clinic  in Staten Island, New York

VanGeest’s death certificate states that her cause of death was an ‘acute subarachnoid hemorrhage non-traumatic,’ according to WOOD TV.

This means that a blood clot in a vessel burst, causing bleeding in the space between the brain and the surrounding membrane 

In a statement from the family provided by Lambert PR, which is providing its services to the family pro bono, the family did not say she died as a result of the J&J vaccine, instead saying her death was a result of health complication after the shot.   

‘It is with profound sadness that we share the news of Anne’s passing, Anne (Annie), who was 35, was a loving mother, wife, sister and daughter,’ the statement read.

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