Student Develops Blood Clots and Dies After Cross-Vaccination

A 20-year-old woman underwent brain surgery and died of a hemorrhagic stroke after receiving a second Covid-19 vaccine dose and developing blood clots.

Thai media reported Tuesday that Ketsiree Kongkaew, a student at Phangnga Community College, had died on Monday morning at Songklanagarind Hospital.

She reportedly received the Sinovac vaccine as the first shot and an AstraZeneca jab as the second dose. Later, she started feeling ill and developed blood clots, forcing doctors to amputate her left leg.

Ketsiree’s classmate Anupong Thammarong said a doctor at Songklanagarind Hospital had asked her relatives for permission to perform surgery on Friday night, citing bleeding in her brain.

Her grandmother Harlia Kongkaew, 85, and other relatives gave their permission, but the young woman remained unconscious and was put on a ventilator after the surgery. On Monday morning, medical staff pronounced her dead from a hemorrhagic stroke.

According to Anupong, doctors explained that the bleeding was a side effect related to thrombolytic drugs she was given to treat blood clots. Ketsiree had previously suffered from acute arterial occlusion or blockage of a limb artery.

Jamras Khanadpol, director of Phangnga Community College, said the young woman had started feeling unwell after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine as her second shot on August 13.

She then developed a fever, chest pains and was rushed to the hospital after experiencing severe pain in her left leg.

At Surat Thani Hospital, an X-ray revealed that she required urgent surgery for blood clots. She was later referred to the Krabi hospital, which was better equipped, as her condition continued deteriorating.

Shortly after, Ketsiree was transferred to Songklanagarind Hospital in Hat Yai, where doctors decided to amputate her leg, Anupong recalled.

On Monday afternoon, Ms. Harlia organized Islamic funeral rites in the Ao Luk district of Krabi province.

It was also revealed that Ketsiree’s body would be buried in the Ban Bagan burial ground, Au Luk District.

Moreover, the National Health Security Office announced that it would grant Ketsiree’s family a 400,000-baht financial aid.