San Fernando General & Teaching Hospital. (Image: SWRHA)
SASCHA WILSON

A Princes Town man who developed blood clots and became paralyzed after taking the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has died.

This was confirmed to Guardian Media by a relative this morning, who was making preparations for his uncle’s funeral service, which takes place this afternoon at the house of mourning under Muslim rites.

The 60-year-old retired public health inspector received the jab last week Wednesday at the Princes Town Health Facility. His nephew told Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne that two days later, he complained of belly pains and went to get his belly rubbed. However, he said when it was time for his uncle to get up, he could not move. He was paralyzed from his waist down. 

His uncle was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital, but doctors told his family there was nothing more they could do for him. Relatives said he had not been sick and had no ailments.

In an interview with another media house, the man’s nephew, Faleel Ali, said doctors had admitted to family members that it was the vaccine that had caused the clots.

However, the South West Regional Health Authority stated that a preliminary clinical investigation indicated that there was no evidence linking the patient’s condition with the vaccine.