Autopsy confirms teen in Guyana did not die from COVID-19 vaccine
Georgetown – An autopsy conducted on a 13-year-old schoolboy found that he died because of bleeding in his brain, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Wednesday.
The autopsy was prompted after Joshua Henry died on Monday, a few hours after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
In the statement, the Ministry of Health said there was no scarring or hematoma, a collection of blood under the skin, found near the vaccination site.
It said the cause of death was a ruptured cerebral (or brain) aneurysm, that led to cerebral haemorrhage.
The ministry said that the aneurysm was a pre-existing condition.
An aneurysm usually occurs when a bulge forms in a blood vessel in the brain and fills with blood.
Health experts said aneurysms often produce no symptoms unless they burst open or leak blood and a severe headache and or a fatal stroke may occur if that happens.
In Joshua’s case, the ministry reported that the ruptured aneurysm led to brain bleed.