A Miami doctor’s death two weeks after he received a Pfizer vaccine was due to natural causes, a medical examiner’s office has found.
Dr Gregory Michael, 56, died in January from a condition that can cause internal bleeding but experts found no link to the shot.
An email from Darren Caprara, director of operations for the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department, said there is no medical certainty the vaccine caused his death.
Dr Gregory Michael, who died two weeks after getting a Pfizer vaccine died of natural causes, the medical examiner’s office has found
Mr Michael’s death in January was investigated by the Florida Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Samples from an autopsy were sent to the CDC.
‘Scientific and clinical expertise in vaccine safety, immunology, infectious diseases, hematology, pathology, and laboratory science were part of the investigating team or consulted frequently,’ Caprara said.
The investigative team concluded that Dr Michael died from complications of immune thrombocytopenia, otherwise known as ITP, a disorder that can prevent blood from clotting and cause internal bleeding.
Dr Michael, an obstetrician with a private practice at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, was active, healthy and had no pre-existing conditions before getting the jab on December 18, his wife Heidi Neckelmann, 58, said.
She told DailyMail.com at the time: ‘In my mind his death was 100 percent linked to the vaccine. There is no other explanation.
The mother-of-one said: ‘In my mind his death was 100 percent linked to the vaccine. There is no other explanation.’ Pictured: Dr Michael with his wife Heidi and daughter
‘He was in very good health. He didn’t smoke, he drank alcohol once in a while but only socially. He worked out, we had kayaks, he was a deep sea fisherman.
‘They tested him for everything you can imagine afterwards, even cancer, and there was absolutely nothing else wrong with him.’
Pfizer told DailyMail.com Wednesday that it was aware of Dr Michael’s ‘highly unusual’ death and was investigating further.
However a spokesman cautioned: ‘We don’t believe at this time that there is any direct connection to the vaccine.’
The father-of-one suffered no immediate reaction to the injection but three days later he was taking a shower and noticed petechiae – spots of red that indicate bleeding beneath the skin – on his feet and hands.
Michael’s death in January was investigated by the Florida Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
When he checked himself into Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, the hospital where he works and had the vaccine, medics discovered he was suffering from an acute lack of platelets.
‘All the blood results came back normal except for the platelets which came back as zero,’ Heidi said.
‘At first they thought it must be a mistake. So they did the test again and this time did a manual count which is supposed to be more accurate. This time it showed just one platelet.
‘He felt 100 per cent, he was normal, energetic, happy. But they said you cannot go home, this is incredibly dangerous, you could suffer a brain bleed and die.’
Normally doctors would expect a range of between 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood.
According to a harrowing account posted on his wife’s Facebook, blood tests revealed the popular medic had a platelet count of zero
Neckelmann did not disclose any allergies or pre-existing conditions which may have contributed to her husband’s death
Their primary function is to help the blood clot and prevent bleeding.
Heidi says doctors tried frantically to reverse what they diagnosed as an acute immune disorder known as ITP – idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.
In people with ITP, also known as severe thrombocytopenia, the immune system mistakes platelets for foreign objects and instructs the spleen to destroy them.
Dr Michael was active, healthy and had no pre-existing conditions before getting the jab on December 18
It can be acute or chronic, lasting six months or more, striking on its own or in conjunction with other autoimmune conditions, certain cancers or during pregnancy.
Kids can get ITP after a viral infection such as the flu or mumps, while in adults, triggers can include HIV, hepatitis or H. pylori, a type of bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.
Mr Michael’s wife insisted, however, that he had none of these illnesses.
One solution to ITP is to remove the spleen but Heidi says he wasn’t a candidate because his blood wasn’t able to clot, making the operation too dangerous.
After two weeks of infusions and experimental treatments that failed to raise Dr Michael’s platelet count, doctors decided they had no choice.
However he died from a hemorrhagic stroke – when blood from an artery bleeds into the brain – before he could undergo the surgery.
‘They gave him medicine. They gave him an incredible amount of platelet infusions, I’m told all the platelets in Miami Dade County,’ Heidi said.
‘But no matter what they did, nothing helped. The blood tests came back with zero platelets every time.
Heidi said the couple’s 15-year-old daughter was struggling to comprehend that her doting father is gone
‘My husband had conversations with the doctors who said it was highly probable that the vaccine was the cause.
‘It seems possible to me that somehow it instructed his body to attack the wrong thing, the platelets.’
She met her husband 28 years ago when they were neighbors and he was in pre-med, about to embark on a successful career as an obstetrician.
Heidi was so smitten she immediately told friends ‘this is the man I’m going to marry.’
When Dr Michael checked himself into Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, the hospital where he works and had the groundbreaking vaccine, medics discovered he was suffering from an acute lack of platelets
‘That’s exactly what happened, we fell in love, we were married for 21 years,’ she recalled, fighting back tears.
‘It was exactly as you see it in the movies, only that doesn’t normally happen in real life. I’m not just saying this because he is dead, but it was the perfect marriage. I cannot think of a time that we fought.
‘He was adored and loved by his patients. He delivered hundreds of healthy, beautiful babies. You have no idea how many texts I have received and the number of people calling me crying. He was just a special soul.’
Heidi said shortly after his death that the couple’s 15-year-old daughter was struggling to comprehend that her doting father is gone.
‘They were both musicians. They would play the guitar together. They had the greatest connection ever,’ she added.