Australian actress Melle Stewart is once again learning to walk and talk after a stroke caused by her first AstraZeneca plug.
The 40-year-old, who is from Brisbane but lives in London with his actor husband, Ben Lewis, received his first dose of the vaccine on May 24. Two weeks later, she had a stroke and was rushed to the hospital. Her condition rapidly deteriorated, with Stewart losing all movement in the right side of her body and her ability to speak.
One of Stewart’s family members set up a crowdfunding site titled ‘Help Melle Stewart After Life-Threatening Stroke’ to help with her medical expenses.
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“She started having seizures and was taken by ambulance to St George’s Hospital, London, where neurosurgeons fought to save her life and removed a large part of her skull to reduce the pressure in her brain,” they said on the page.
Stewart was diagnosed with Thrombocytopenia Thrombosis Syndrome (TTS), a rare side effect that has been linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. The risk of death due to TTS upon receipt of the AstraZeneca vaccine is one in a million.
“Unfortunately, Melle had had a severe stroke caused by two large blood clots in the main veins of her brain, as the pressure and low platelets caused a secondary bleeding in the left frontal lobe.
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“Melle spent 3 weeks in an induced coma, during which time she was ventilated and received a series of blood transfusion procedures to help remove the antibodies created by the vaccine that caused the blood clots. She was also put in large doses of anticoagulation and anti-seizure medication, which continues to this day. “
The actor, best known for his stage work in Australia and the UK, spent almost five weeks at the ICU. She was then transferred to an acute stroke for rehabilitation before moving to a specialist hospital in London on 8 September.
The page states Stewart “has been and continues to be an advocate for vaccination.”
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She is expected to stay in the hospital until 2022 and is currently learning “how to walk, talk and move her right arm and hand.”
The couple have been struggling because their families were back in Australia. So far, the site has raised nearly $ 170,000, which is intended to help offset medical expenses and living expenses, including loss of income, ongoing rehabilitation, relocation and changes in their homes, and eventually travel back to Australia when Stewart is strong enough.
For information on COVID-19 and vaccinations, visit Australian Government Department of Health website.
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