Lisa Shaw: BBC presenter, 44, died from blood clot after having AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, her family say

A "BRILLIANT" BBC radio presenter died in hospital aged 44 after having the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, her family said today.

Lisa Shaw's devastated relatives told of their heartbreak, saying "there is a Lisa-shaped hole in our lives that will never be filled".

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Shaw, 44, who worked for BBC Newcastle, developed "severe" headaches a week after having the Covid jab and fell seriously ill a few days later, her family said in a statement.

Experts stressed that cases of blood clots linked to the vaccine are extremely rare.

The latest MHRA data reveals 332 cases of these very rare blood clots reported, and 58 deaths. It comes as 24.2million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been given in the UK.

The mum-of-one's family said: "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."

Shaw died at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, on Friday afternoon having been 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.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has 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.

EMOTIONAL TRIBUTES

Since Shaw's death was announced on air on Sunday, tributes from colleagues and listeners have poured in.

The mum joined the station BBC Radio Newcastle in 2016, after working in commercial radio in the North East – with stints at Metro Radio and Heart.

BBC Radio Newcastle's acting executive editor Rik Martin said: "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."

Lisa grew up in County Durham and studied at Bournemouth University.

She also won the Sony Gold Award for breakfast show of the year.

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

BBC presenter Alfie Joey fought back tears as he announced the death of his colleague Lisa on air.

He told BBC Radio Newcastle listeners yesterday it was news he didn't want to have to break.

The presenter described Lisa as "kind, calm, full of life" and a "very special person".

He voice cracked as he paid tribute to the mum, saying: "We are so sorry and we are so saddened to share with you that our beautiful friend and lovely college Lisa Shaw has died from a very short ilness at the age of only 44.

"Lisa, as you know, was genuine, warm, kind calm, and full of life.

"She was a wife she was a mam, a very special person. She meant a lot to a lot of people, including us. Everyone here is absolutely gutted."

He then played Thank You for Being a Friend by Andrew Gold, after paying tribute to his late colleague.





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