Eastern Cape health worker Nomathamsanqa Msutwana's cause of death revealed

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The late Nomathamsanqa Mirriam Msutwana's family said she was in perfect health until she was inoculated with a Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The late Nomathamsanqa Mirriam Msutwana's family said she was in perfect health until she was inoculated with a Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • The 61-year-old cleaner at Dora Nginza Hospital died on the second floor of Netcare Greenacres Hospital in Gqeberha on 14 May.
  • Her family believes that she died from a brain bleed caused by a Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 
  • On Monday, the police revealed results of the post-mortem, confirming she died from natural causes.

Nomathamsanqa Mirriam Msutwaba, the Eastern Cape health worker who died after being injected with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, died from natural causes.

The 61-year-old cleaner at Dora Nginza Hospital died on the second floor of Netcare Greenacres Hospital in Gqeberha on 14 May.

According to her family, a police report and the hospital, she became sick two days after being vaccinated, and died from brain bleeding.  

This led her family to believe that she died of complications caused by the vaccine.

The government-commissioned Sisonke Study conducted a post-mortem to confirm if the vaccine was responsible for her death.

On Monday, her family and police said the post-mortem had revealed that she died from natural causes.

Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu confirmed this to News24 on Monday.

Msutwana's son Masixole Msutwana said the cause of death was confirmed verbally by a police investigating officer.

He said:

I am disappointed that the police officer refused to give me a copy of the test results when I asked him for it. But he told me that it is natural causes.

Msutwana was admitted to the hospital on 8 April.

News24 reported that she was inoculated with a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on 6 April and complained on severe headaches a day later. 

READ | Eastern Cape healthcare worker dies after taking vaccine - but cause of death still to be determined

Her condition worsened on 8 April, leading to her hospitalisation.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) said Msutwana was the second member to die from suspected vaccine side-effects.

The union also said that at least five healthcare workers in the Nelson Mandela Bay region were known to have been hospitalised after being inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Sisonke Study conducts clinical studies to determine the efficiency, quality and safety of the single-dose J&J vaccine.

On Monday, Sisonke Study Professor Glenda Gray said it was necessary to note that they had voluntarily made the post-mortem available.

"It is part of our due diligence in trying to ensure we understand what vaccine is or not vaccine-related," she said.

Gray previously revealed to News24 that Msutwana had suffered from hypertension and an aneurysm.

This was, however, initially disputed by Msutwana's family, who said she was healthy and well until she was inoculated.

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