Guy | Oct 7, 2021

Guyana Health Ministry declares Moruca teen died from cerebral haemorrhage, not Pfizer vaccine

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

A Guyanese student receives a Pfizer coronavirus (COVID-19) jab as the CARICOM member country speeds up its national inoculation effort on Wednesday, September 8. (Photo: Facebook @MOHGuyana)

The Ministry of Health in Guyana has concluded that cerebral haemorrhaging was responsible for the death of a 13-year-old boy, who passed away hours after receiving his second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

The ministry, in a statement late Wednesday (October 6) following the post-mortem examination, said that a pre-existing condition led to the teen’s death and was seemingly not connected to the vaccine’s administration.

The family of the teenager, a native from Kamwatta Village in Moruca, was present for the post-mortem and his cause of death was identified in person.

“The findings indicate a pre-existing condition that led to the death of the 13-year-old. The pre-existing condition identified was a cerebral aneurysm. The post mortem findings indicate a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, leading to a cerebral haemorrhage,” the ministry declared.

“On examination, the site of the vaccination was not identifiable; there was no scarring or haematoma. There were no other post mortem findings of relevance,” the ministry added.

According to the ministry, the post-mortem was performed by a high-level medical team led by Dr Nehaul Singh, Guyana’s senior pathologist. The team also included Dr Nancy Sitchao, a pathologist and Dr Swarasite Persuad-Etwaria, Government Medical Officer.

The teenager’s death has sent shockwaves throughout Guyana, with some citizens, not satisfied with the findings, calling on the ministry to ‘be honest’ in its analysis of the autopsy report.

Latest figures for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine administration statistics in Guyana, as at Wednesday, October 6. (Photo: Facebook @MOHGuyana)

Many questioned why the ministry refused to place value on the vaccine’s administration at all, which they argued could have led to the teen’s comorbidity worsening.

“Why they can’t say, the jab he took triggered his pre existing condition and which resulted in his death. Then issue an advisory for those with pre existing conditions to consult a doctor before taking same. Distancing your self, isn’t work. Rest in peace my brother (sic),” wrote Mary Raylene.

“Yes we already knew he would have had a COMORBIDITY Frank, we could have told you that and saved you the trouble of an autopsy. After all isn’t that your favourite word?!?!?!?” Arian Queen commented.

Another man, Anil Manikam, asked, “So if he hadn’t taken it he would have still been alive right asking for a friend?”

Guyanese Government urged citizens not to fuel speculation into the cause of death of a teenager, who passed away two hours after receiving the second and final Pfizer dose to achieve full immunity.

As far as public records go, the Moruca teen’s death is the first among 25,000 adolescents who have received at least one dose of Pfizer vaccines, according to a public statement on Wednesday, October 6. The Pfizer vaccine is exclusive to students, pregnant and lactating mothers in Guyana.

See related article: Guyana probing death of teen hours after taking Pfizer vaccine


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