BBC presenter kissed husband one last time before dying week after jab

The husband of a 44-year-old BBC presenter who died a week after having her Covid jab has spoken about her final moments.

Lisa Shaw gave her husband one final kiss and told him “I’m tired” before she sadly died, aged 44.

Lisa, who worked for BBC Newcastle, died in May after suffering from “severe” headaches and a brain bleed one week after getting her Covid jab.

The TV presenter’s last days were spent with her husband Gareth Eve in a high dependancy unit in hospital.

He told BBC star Victoria Derbyshire: “I went to see her and she told me to go home and see our son because it was late.

“She said ‘I’m tired’. I gave her a kiss. And I never spoke to her again.”

A certificate notes a “complication of AstraZeneca Covid-19 virus vaccination” as one of the possible causes of her death.

Mum-of-one Lisa developed symptoms days after her first jab and fell seriously ill.



Award-winning BBC radio presenter Lisa Shaw, who died in hospital after suffering blood clots after she received the AstraZeneca vaccine

The presenter was not known to have any underlying health problems.

Gareth said Lisa was excited to get her jab as she was “excited” to “give her mam a hug”.

Lisa’s husband said he is “absolutely not an anti-vaxxer” as he shared praise for the jab, but he added that people should be given an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab while there is a “cloud over it”.

He added: “What the vaccine has done is unbelievable. The work these people have done to get the country back on its feet is outstanding.

“But we need to recognise there are families who have been affected by this jab.”

Lisa died at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, 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 on the brain coupled with low blood platelet count.

According to a BBC report, Newcastle coroner Karen Dilks issued an interim fact-of-death certificate which lists a “complication of AstraZeneca Covid-19 virus vaccination” as a consideration.

The BBC said the document does not determine a cause of death, which was still under investigation.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) had said the benefits of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine continue to outweigh risks for most people. It has not proven the vaccine causes the clots but has said the link is getting firmer.

When Lisa’s death was announced on air, tributes from colleagues and listeners poured in.

In a statement released by the BBC at the rime of her death, the mother-of-one’s family said: “Lisa developed severe headaches a week after receiving her AstraZeneca vaccine and fell seriously ill a few days later.

“She was treated by the Royal Victoria Infirmary’s intensive care team for blood clots and bleeding in her 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 and miss her always.

“It’s been a huge comfort to see how loved she was by everyone whose lives she touched, and we ask for privacy at this time to allow us to grieve as a family.”

An MHRA spokesperson said bat the time: “We are saddened to hear about the death of Lisa Shaw and our thoughts are with her family.

“As with any serious suspected adverse reaction, reports with a fatal outcome are fully evaluated by the MHRA, including an assessment of post-mortem details if available.

“Our detailed and rigorous review into reports of blood clots occurring together with thrombocytopenia is ongoing.”

Lisa 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 executive editor at BBC Radio Newcastle, said: “Everyone at the station is devastated and thinking about Lisa’s lovely family.

“She was a trusted colleague, a brilliant presenter, a wonderful friend, and a loving wife and mum.

“She loved being on the radio and was loved by our audiences.

“We’ve lost someone special who meant a great deal to a great many people.”

Chris Burns, head of BBC Local Radio, added: “Lisa was a talented presenter who had already achieved a lot and would have achieved much more.”

A spokesperson for the hospital said: “We were incredibly 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 heartfelt condolences are with the family at this difficult time.”

The risk of a clot linked to the jab is thought to be about one in 100,000 for people in their 40s. The risk of death in any age due to such a clot has been put at about one in a million.

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