Kassidi Kurill, a 39-year-old from Ogden, Utah, died on February 5. She received her second dose of Moderna’s vaccine four days earlier.
A 39-year-old mother in Utah with no known health problems died four days after receiving her second dose of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine.
Kurill’s family held a memorial in her honor last weekend as they await results of an autopsy.
‘She was seemingly healthy as a horse,’ Kurill’s father, Alfred Hawley, told Fox News. ‘She had no known underlying conditions.’
Kurill received her second vaccine dose on February 1 and began complaining the following day about headache, nausea and being unable to urinate despite drinking fluids.
Her condition improved slightly on her second day post-vaccination, before she took a turn for the worse and Hawley took her to the hospital on February 4.
‘She came in early and said her heart was racing and she felt like she need to get to the emergency room,’ the father recalled to 2News.
When she arrived at the hospital, Kurill immediately began throwing up as doctors worked to figure out an explanation.
‘They did a blood test and immediately came back and said she was very, very sick, and her liver was not functioning,’ Hawley said.
Kurill was airlifted on Thursday evening to the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, where doctors tried to stabilize her for a liver transplant.
But her condition continued to deteriorate to the point that she was unable to talk by Friday morning as her heart and kidneys shut down.
‘She got worse and worse throughout the day. And at nine o’clock, she passed,’ Hawley said.
‘It was a total shock. I was even afraid to tell my wife.’
Loved ones set up a GoFundMe campaign to support Kurill’s nine-year-old daughter, Emilia.
The family hopes that an autopsy will give them answers about the mother’s shockingly sudden death.
Hawley said that he hope’s his daughter’s experience will not discourage others from getting vaccinated.
But, he urged anyone experiencing symptoms after the vaccine to take them seriously.
‘If you have a reaction to it, don’t ignore it. Don’t be stoic and just say: “Oh, I’ll be fine,” he said.
‘Pay attention. If it persists beyond a day, you might ought to go see a doctor. And make sure that you’re not another one in a million.’