A 46-year-old hospital employee in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad town, who died a day after getting vaccinated for Covid-19, suffered a cardiac arrest, his post-mortem report released on 18 January said, even as the state government and the man’s family traded charges on whether the inoculation was linked to his death.
Mahipal Singh, a ward boy at the Moradabad district hospital, got the Covishield vaccine on 16 January, the first day of India’s Covid-19 immunisation drive. Later, he complained of breathlessness and chest pain, alleged his family members, and was admitted to the district hospital where he died on 17 January. The hospital authority said he was “brought dead”.
On 18 January, Moradabad chief medical officer Dr MC Garg denied the family’s allegations and said the post-mortem report found “cardiopulmonary disease” as the cause of the death. “Mahipal Singh died of cardiac arrest; it has nothing to do with the Covid-19 vaccine. The fact came to light in Singh’s post-mortem report,” said Garg.
On 16 January, 91 persons were given Covishield in the district men’s hospital Moradabad and all of them were fully healthy, he said.
The CMO said on orders of the district magistrate, he visited Singh’s place and met his family members who said he contracted pneumonia a few weeks ago. “While carrying out the post-mortem, we also observed that the size of his heart was enlarged. We found blood clotting in the heart. It clearly shows that he died of heart attack or septicemic shock,” he added.
But Mahipal Singh’s son Vishal said that he believed his father died due to the side effects of the vaccine. After the vaccination, he took his father home around 1.30 PM. “He already had a bit of pneumonia, cough and cold, but after returning home, he started feeling worse. We got him some warm water and tea and made him lie on the bed,” Vishal said.