Mother, 25, is put into intensive care coma after ‘very rare’ reaction to second Covid Pfizer jab caused terrifying anaphylactic shocks
- Kirsty Hext, 25, has suffered 14 anaphylactic shocks since having vaccine
- She also had a seizure and fractured her wrist, leg and cheekbone after falling
- Carer is still in hospital after sufferent the most recent anaphylactic shock
A young mother was put into an induced coma after she suffered 14 anaphylactic shocks due to a very rare reaction to her Covid Pfizer vaccine – but she has spoken out to urge everyone to get vaccinated.
Kirsty Hext, 25, from Havant in Hampshire, also had a seizure and fractured her wrist, leg and cheekbone after falling down the stairs.
The carer – who has been deemed unfit to work – is in hospital after suffering the most recent anaphylactic shock.
Ms Hext, who is waiting to be allergy tested, said she was told by doctors the latest shock was due to a prolonged reaction to her jab.
She said: ‘I don’t have any allergies so it is hard to understand – one minute I am fine and the next I’m fighting for my life.’
Kirsty Hext (pictured), 25, from Havant in Hampshire, also had a seizure and fractured her wrist, leg and cheekbone after falling down the stairs
She went on to suffer multiple further anaphylactic shocks during her initial hospital stay, resulting in her being put into an induced coma and placed in intensive care
The carer – who has been deemed unfit to work – is in hospital after suffering the most recent anaphylactic shock
Within 20 minutes of having the vaccination, her lips and tongue started to swell and she began gasping for breath.
She went on to suffer multiple further anaphylactic shocks during her initial hospital stay, resulting in her being put into an induced coma and placed in intensive care.
Anaphylaxis: Extremely rare Covid vaccine side effect
The NHS states that serious allergic reactions to the vaccine are rare.
If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes and staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.
Early safety monitoring of the Pfizer vaccine detected 21 cases of anaphylaxis after administration of 1,893,360 first doses (11 cases per million vaccine doses administered), according to the CDC in the US.
Ms Hext said: ‘Before going into the induced coma I was crying out for my daughter as I was petrified I wouldn’t see her again.
‘I was making plans with my family to help look after my daughter if anything happened to me.’
Ms Hext said she was just ‘unlucky’ with her reaction and still urges people to get vaccinated as it ‘saves lives.’
A spokeswoman for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, said: ‘We are sorry to hear about Kirsty’s experience.
‘All reports of serious suspected side effects are fully evaluated by the MHRA as soon as we receive them to consider whether the vaccine may have caused the event.
‘Severe allergic reactions to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine remain very rare.
‘We advise that those with a previous history of allergic reactions to the ingredients of the vaccine should not receive it.
‘Everyone should get their vaccination when asked to do so unless specifically advised otherwise.’
Signs of an allergic reaction may include itchy skin rash, shortness of breath and swelling of the face or tongue.
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