A 73-year-old former policeman who previously worked at Plubplachai police station in Bangkok died in his Samut Prakan home this morning (June 15) five days after receiving the AstraZeneca coronavirus jab, Sanook.com said.
A Bang Pu police station team rushed to a townhouse in Bang Pu Mai subdistrict after being alerted of the death of Pol. Sub. Lt. Songpop, 73.
Upon reaching they found him lying unconscious on the floor in front of his home with rescuers from Ruam Katanyu Foundation giving him cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) but they failed to revive him.
A physical examination showed no sign of injuries and his body was handed over to the rescuers to be taken for an autopsy at Ramathibodi Chakri Naruebodindra Hospital.
Mrs Wanporn, 70, the deceased policeman’s wife, said her husband who aside from working as a policeman also practiced law, had retired ten years ago.
On June 9 he got an AstraZeneca jab but after only five days he today complained of shortness of breath, exhaustion, abdominal pain and diarrhoea and suddenly fell unconscious. She had called paramedics for help but it was too late.
Mrs Wanporn added that before the vaccination her husband was in normal health and was asymptomatic for his three underlying diseases – high blood pressure, diabetes and arteriosclerosis.
She believes that the vaccination led to his death.
Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said there were 3,000 coronavirus cases over 24 hours to this morning (June 15) and 19 more fatalities taking the overall death toll to 1,485.
This raised the cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic to 202,264 and in the current wave that started in April 173,401.
Of the new batch of cases 1,814 emerged in surveillance and service systems, 541 through proactive search in communities and 640 in prisons and detention centres while five overseas arrivals were found to be infected.
Another 4,774 patients were cured taking total recoveries to 162,718 while 38,061 are still undergoing treatment.
Top: Rescuers taking the former policeman’s body for autopsy. Thai headline says, “Shock led to death five days after vaccination.” Photo: Sanook.com
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