Moruca teen died from cerebral haemorrhage – post-mortem

A post-mortem examination performed on 13-year-old Joshua Henry of Kamwatta, Moruca, Region One (Barima-Waini), who died just over an hour after taking his second shot of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, revealed that the teen died from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, leading to a cerebral haemorrhage.
This was due to a pre-existing condition identified as a cerebral aneurysm, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
The post-mortem was performed on Tuesday by a medical team led by Guyana’s senior Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh.

Dead: Joshua Henry

According to the Ministry, the post-mortem was witnessed by family members of the teen, and the cause of death was identified in their presence.
“On examination, the site of the vaccination was not identifiable; there was no scarring or hematoma. There were no other post-mortem findings of relevance,” the statement said.
It was previously reported that Henry had received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in September in the company of his father and experienced no side effects.
However, upon taking his second dose on Monday, he reportedly collapsed moments after returning home.
He was rushed to the Kamwatta District Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
His aunt, Telisha Peters, had explained that her nephew was at his uncle’s residence when the news was announced that the second dose of the vaccine was available. When her nephew was administered the first dose about one month ago, he was accompanied by his father. This time, she noted, her brother had gone to work and was not aware that his son was going to receive the second dose of the vaccine.
The tearful woman told Guyana Times that after taking the vaccine, her nephew returned home and sat in a chair. Soon after, he started to feel some discomfort, and fainted.
She noted that she received a telephone call from Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, who expressed his sympathy to the family and offered whatever assistance was needed.
On Wednesday, the Health Ministry said, “The MoH extends our profound condolences to the family of the young boy. The Honourable Minister of Health, the Ministry of Health, and the Health Teams from Georgetown and Region One stand ready to provide all support to the family and community of Kamwatta. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, and we pray they have the strength to cope with the loss of a loved one.”