An investigation has been launched into the death of a 13-year-old girl from Araranguá, Brazil who died shortly after her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, reports Brazilian news outlet Revista Oeste.
Vanessa Martins Figueiredo received her first shot on November 9th and developed Bell’s Palsy five days later.
The teenager from the city of Araranguá suffered facial paralysis and weakness on one side of her face just five days after the Pfizer jab and was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. She underwent treatment with the medicine corticosteroids (an anti-inflammatory) for her condition.
However, her health worsened over the weeks and she was hospitalized on December 29th with respiratory problems. The 13-year-old was then intubated and transferred to the Joana de Gusmão Children’s Hospital in Florianópolis on January 2nd.
Vanessa passed away eight days later on Monday, January 10th.
Her mother, Alice Romano, told Revista Oeste:
“They tried everything all night, but in the morning, her condition worsened. Then they called me into the ‘living room’ and said that nothing more could be done, as the infection had reached an important part of her brain.
At 10:15 am my daughter passed away.”
Alice also posted about her daughter’s passing on Facebook and published a statement in which she said that her 13-year-old had no pre-existing health issues and that she died as a result of the vaccine.
She posted this message on January 10th, the day of her daughter’s tragic death:
The Santa Catarina Epidemiological Surveillance Directorate informed in a note that an investigation has been launched to find out if there is a causal relationship between her death and the administration of the Pfizer vaccine.
“The death of the girl [Vanessa Martins Figueiredo] was notified by the municipality as a possible ‘Adverse Event Post-Vaccination‘ (AEPV), associated with the application of the Pfizer vaccine.
Considering that the notification of any AEPV must occur within a period of up to 30 days after receiving the vaccine, it is necessary to carefully evaluate this information, as death may be associated with other causes and not necessarily with the vaccine.”
However, Alice remains convinced that her daughter died as a result of the Pfizer jab, as she noted on Facebook:
“My daughter just died because of the pfizer vaccine”
Vanessa was buried this Tuesday.
The tragic death of Vanessa comes just months after 13-year-old Brazilian boy Weverton Silva died from a sudden cardiac arrest six weeks after he had received his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.