Gregory Michael, MD, an obstetrician in private practice at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach received a first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech experimental mRNA COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 18 and died 16 days later of a cerebral hemorrhage (stroke).1 Within three days of taking the shot, he developed symptoms of a severe autoimmune bleeding disorder, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), often referred to as immune thrombocytopenia.2
According to his wife, the 56-year old OB/GYN physician was healthy when he received the COVID-19 vaccine and began exhibiting symptoms of bleeding under the skin within 72 hours. He was hospitalized in the intensive care unit but none of the treatments were able to stop the internal bleeding.3 The case is being investigated by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner, which is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Florida Department of Health.4
According to the Miami Herald, as of Jan. 7, 2021, a Pfizer official said Dr. Michael died of a “highly unusual clinical case of severe thrombocytopenia, a condition that decreases the body’s ability to clot blood and stop internal bleeding.” The Pfizer spokesman added: “We are actively investigating this case but we don’t believe at this time that there is any direct connection to the vaccine.”5
A CBS report quoted the Pfizer spokesman as saying:
There have been no related safety signals identified in our clinical trials, the post-marketing experience thus far or with the mRNA vaccine platform. To date millions of people have been vaccinated and we are closely monitoring all adverse events in individuals receiving our vaccine. It is important to note that serious adverse events, including deaths that are unrelated to the vaccine are unfortunately likely to occur at a similar rate as they would in the general population.6
Wife: Gregory Michael, MD “was loved by everyone in the community”
The well-known and popular obstetrician, who was a Miami native, Dr. Michael had operated a private OB/GYN practice in Miami Beach for 12 years and also worked as a clinical instructor and faculty member for the physician assistant program at Barry University and Miami Dade College. He was the father of a 15-year old daughter. His wife, Heidi Neckelmann, made a heartfelt post online calling her husband “the love of my life,” who was “loved by everyone in the community, delivered hundreds of healthy babies and worked tirelessly through the pandemic.” When informing her friends about his death, she asked them to share her post so the public is more aware that the COVID-19 vaccine is not risk-free. She said:
He was a pro vaccine advocate and that is why he got it himself. I believe that people should be aware that side effects can happen, that it is not good for everyone and, in this case, destroyed a beautiful life, a perfect family, and has affected so many people in the community. Do not let his death be in vain, please save more lives by making this information news.
CDC: “The known and potential benefits“ of COVID-19 vaccines “outweigh the known and potential risks”
A CBS report quoted Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases as saying, “The known and potential benefits of the current COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the known and potential risks of getting COVID-19. That doesn’t mean, however, that we couldn’t see potential serious health events in the future.”
Reportedly, CDC officials told reporters they had not seen any serious reactions beyond 29 cases of severe allergic reactions–or about 11 cases of anaphylaxis per one million doses of COVID-19 vaccinations administered.7
ITP Caused by Autoantibody-Mediated Platelet Destruction
Idiopathic or Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) is a complex autoimmune disorder caused by autoantibody-mediated destruction of platelets, which are cells in the blood that help stop bleeding.8 Basically, the immune system malfunctions and produces antibodies that attack the body’s platelets. In some cases, T-cells (a type of white blood cell) will directly attack and destroy the platelets.9
ITP has been reported to develop after infections, including SARS-CoV-2 infection;10 reactions to prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications,11 pregnancy, exposure to chemical toxins,12 vaccination,13 or as a complication of autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, but all the causes of ITP are still not known.
A normal platelet count is between 150,000 to 450,000 platelets and ITP can drive the platelet count down to less than 10,000 platelets, which causes significant internal bleeding. Symptoms of ITP may begin with the appearance of tiny red dots under the skin, which indicate very small bleeds, and progress to purple blotches and bruises on large areas of the skin, as well as nosebleeds, bleeding in the mouth and around the gums, and blood in the vomit, urine or stool, which indicate much more serious internal bleeding. The most dangerous complication of ITP is bleeding in the brain causing a cerebral hemorrhage and catastrophic brain damage or death.14
Treatments that try to slow or stop the destruction of platelets during ITP are limited and include intravenous gamma globulin (IVGG) and platelet infusions, steroids and several other medications, or removal of the spleen.15 ITP in children, which occurs in 1 in 20,000 children, can be more easily reversed than in ITP in adults, which occurs in about 1 in 15,000 adults in the U.S. and is more common in women and in individuals over age 60.16 17 The majority of children recover from acute ITP but approximately 30 percent of adults have chronic disease after developing ITP and five percent die from hemorrhage.18
ITP Reported After and Causally Related to Vaccinations
In 1991, an Institute of Medicine committee at the National Academy of Sciences stated in its report on Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines that there were too few scientific studies published in the medical literature investigating ITP following whole cell pertussis (DPT) vaccination or rubella (MMR) vaccination for the committee to determine whether or not DPT or MMR vaccine causes ITP in children.19 20 However, reports continued to be published in the medical literature.21
In 2001, a study was published in Archives of Disease in Childhood confirming a causal association between measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and ITP. Study authors said, “The absolute risk within six weeks of immunization was 1 in 22,300 doses, with two of every three cases occurring in the six week post-immunization period being caused by MMR.”22
The CDC’s website currently states:
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a disorder that decreases the body’s ability to stop bleeding. It can happen after both natural measles infection as well as after getting the MMR vaccine. However, it is usually not life threatening. Treatment may include blood transfusion and medications. The risk of ITP has been shown to be increased in the six weeks following an MMR vaccination, with one study estimating 1 case per 40,000 vaccinated children.23
During the past decade, there have been a number of published studies from the U.S. and other countries that ITP develops after receipt of vaccines, including HPV 24 and influenza vaccines,25 26 with authors calling for more research into the association between vaccination and ITP.27 28 29 One group of researchers looking at the relationship between ITP and vaccinations said in 2014:
Vaccines may induce ITP by several mechanisms. Vaccine-associated autoimmunity may stem not only from the antigen-mediated responses but also from other constituents of the vaccine, such as yeast proteins, adjuvants, and preservative diluents. The most likely is through virally induced molecular mimicry… The autoantibodies hypothesis is not sufficient to explain all ITP cases: In the anti-platelet antibody-negative cases, a complementary mechanism based on T cell immune-mediated mechanism has been suggested. In particular, T cell subsets seem dysregulated with an increased production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, as IFN-y and TNF, and chemokines, as CXCL10.
An Editorial in the October 2020 International Journal of Infectious Diseases on “ITP following vaccination” pointed out that, “the term ‘mosaic’ of autoimmunity’ indicates that immune mediated disorders can involve different sources, including genetics, environmental factors, and hormonal or immune defects.30 The editors noted that vaccination is one of the “environmental triggers” that has been described in the medical literature in association with ITP.
The journal editors, who called for more research into the vaccination-ITP association, stated:
Regardless of the mechanism through which artificial immunization causes ITP, it has been reported following vaccinations against various infectious agents, especially measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), but also Haemophilus influenza [HIB], hepatitis B (HBV), human papilloma virus (HPV), varicella zoster [chickenpox], diphtheria-tetanus acellular pertussis (DTap), polio and pneumococcus vaccines. A French study that evaluated drug-induced ITP found that around 45% of the cases were post-vaccinal.31 32
FDA: Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Had ITP Case
Pfizer did not report a case of ITP occurring in clinical trials of its experimental COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, which was the vaccine that Dr. Michael received.33 However, in a briefing document prepared for the Dec. 17, 2020 Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting, where members of the committee voted on granting Moderna an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to distribute its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., the FDA did note a case of ITP in a 72-year-old clinical trial participant who was hospitalized with thrombocytopenia and obstructive kidney stone disease after receiving the experimental vaccine and died of multi-organ failure.
In discussing deaths that occurred in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, the FDA stated:34
One case was a 72-year-old vaccine recipient with Crohn’s disease and short bowel syndrome who was hospitalized for thrombocytopenia and acute kidney failure due to obstructive nephrolithiasis [kidney stone] 40 days after dose 2 and developed complications resulting in multiorgan failure and death.
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3 Ashford B. Wife of ‘perfectly healthy’ Miami doctor, 56, who died of a blood disorder 16 days after getting Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is certain it was triggered by the jab, as drug giant investigates first death with a suspected link to shot. Daily Mail Jan.7, 2021.
4 Vassalo M. CDC, Miami-Dade investigate death of Miami Beach doctor following COVID-19 vaccine. Miami Herald Jan. 7, 2021.
6 CBS (Miami). Death of South Florida Doctor who Took Coronavirus Vaccine Being Investigated. Jan. 7, 2021.
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Our oldest daughter also got ITP from an MMR vaccine and almost died! ???? we spent years fighting for her life! I am so sad this happened
With a 99.97% survival rate, how do the benefits outweigh the RISK?
Besides the FRAUD being perpetuated on us by the CDC, these JABS they are calling a Vaccine, is absolutely Not a Vaccine by a legal definition of a Vaccine! It’s not designed to be a vaccine but they’re unlawfully calling it a vaccine! First of all, the CDC admits that they have never isolated the alleged virus, ergo; COVID19 IS A HOAX SCAM FRAUD!!! It’s on their website if you don’t believe this comment!
Am I reading this correctly – there was a case of ITP in both the Moderna and Pfizer trials? And both resulted in death?
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Sad to see this. But again, will we ever get the truth? Vaccines saving lives? Where is the truth and the proof? I couldn’t care less what Fauci or the CDC says (one says there is no proof that Covid is transmitted by asymptomatic transmission and the CDC guy is saying we need full lockdowns and all the rest of it)…so I will never trust these people who have created a false flag and now can’t get their stories straight. Fauci has been caught in lie after lie and is presumed to be a medical god. He is nothing more than a big pharma shill, being paid off. I thought we were supposed to be saving lives?
“The Pfizer spokesman added: “We are actively investigating this case but we don’t believe at this time that there is any direct connection to the vaccine.” ”
No surprise there. They will never admit that the vaccine causes death or serious injury.
As for Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases saying, “The known and potential benefits of the current COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the known and potential risks of getting COVID-19.” She’s either a fool or following straight into the footsteps of Julie Gerberder. I’m sure her tune would be different if it were her loved one.
after reading about Dr Michael, I was wondering if I am at risk of extreme internal bleeding. I had a stroke 4 years ago and was put on baby aspirin to prevent a further stroke. At 86, I’m still waiting for the covid vaccine ,but, hearing about this side effect of the Pfeizer vaccine I’m starting to wonder if in some small way I’m more prone to the Pfeizer side effect because I’m already on blood thinners.
So sad! I cannot understand why doctors are jumping onboard for a vaccine that has not been tested. ITP is a characteristic of HIV. It makes me wonder what is in the shot. Also the SARS-CoV2 sounds a lot like end-stage AIDS.
I hope people will research this information. All viruses will mutate and shots will not work. The flu vaccine has been out of decades but people who take it still get the flu! The best way to stay healthy is to eat organic foods, supplement with vitamins C & D and add Zinc everyday. Everyone needs to get outside and walk off their stress or exercise indoors.
After reading this article, I wouldn’t take the risk. My dad at age 84 actually contracted Covid19 and was sick. He has a pacemaker, history of heart attack, congestive heart, irregular heart beat, etc. He was sick for about a week, had fever, body aches, lost his sense of smell, and had a cough. He had a positive test and was quarantined at home for 2 weeks. He basically sailed through it, and had his energy back up within a week. He is on blood thinner (warfarin) as well.
I would not want him to take the vaccine even if he hadn’t had it. To me, its not worth the risk!
Please people, don’t take the risk of this hastily made vaccine. Vaccines that have had years and years of research still have risks, but this one they don’t even know if it will keep you from getting Covid, that’s ridiculous!
I have a history of ITP myself, I wonder if I can be granted a medical exemption on that basis. I have been scouring the VAERS reports from 2020(so first dose only) and there are some unusual patterns I am seeing that I haven’t seen discussed anywhere else. One is that recipients with any herpes virus are finding that the vaccine activates the virus. So there are a number of reports of shingles and cold sores within days of administration. Another extremely common report is a metallic taste in the mouth following the injection, lasting minutes to days.Since the vaccine is not supposed to contain any metals, I would like an explanation as to what is happening there biochemically.
Johns Hopkins Scientist: ‘A Medical Certainty’ Pfizer Vaccine Caused Death of Florida Doctor
Dr. Jerry L. Spivak, an expert on blood disorders at Johns Hopkins University, told the New York Times Tuesday that he believes “it is a medical certainty” that Pfizer’s COVID vaccine caused the death of Dr. Gregory Michael.
The Florida Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the death of a Florida doctor who died Jan. 3 from a rare autoimmune disorder he developed on Dec. 21, three days after receiving Pfizer’s COVID vaccine.
As The Defender reported last week, Heidi Neckelmann, the wife of Dr. Gregory Michael, said that in her mind, her 56-year-old husband’s death was “100% linked” to the vaccine.
Now, at least one doctor has come forward publicly to say he also believes the vaccine caused Michael to develop acute idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), the disorder that killed him.
According to the New York Times:
“Dr. Jerry L. Spivak, an expert on blood disorders at Johns Hopkins University, who was not involved in Dr. Michael’s care, said that based on Ms. Neckelmann’s description, ‘I think it is a medical certainty that the vaccine was related.’
“‘This is going to be very rare,’ said Dr. Spivak, an emeritus professor of medicine. But he added, ‘It happened and it could happen again.’”
Spivak told the Times he based his reasoning on the fact that Michael’s disorder came on quickly after the shot, and “was so severe that it made his platelet count ‘rocket’ down.”
Spivak also offered two other reasons to back up his theory. One, the fact that Michael was healthier and younger than most people who develop chronic forms of ITP. And two, the fact that about 70% of people who develop ITP are women.
As Spivak told the Times: “A sudden case in a man, especially a relatively young, healthy one, suggests a recent trigger.”
Pfizer said it is also investigating Michael’s death, though the drugmaker told multiple news outlets it doesn’t “believe at this time that there is any direct connection to the vaccine.”
Shortly after the first reports surfaced of Michael’s death, Pfizer told USA Today:
“There is no indication — either from large clinical trials or among people who have received the vaccine since the government authorized its use last month — that it could be connected to thrombocytopenia.”
But, as Lyn Redwood, RN, MSN, president of Children’s Health Defense (CHD), said last week, Pfizer’s statement doesn’t square with the facts — because ITP is a well-known adverse event associated with vaccinations.
The vaccine most often implicated in ITP is the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, where the disease occurs in approximately 1 in every 25,000 to 40,000 doses of the vaccine, Redwood said.
ITP has also been associated with hepatitis A and B virus (HBV), human papilloma virus (HPV), varicella-zoster, diphteria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTap), polio and pneumococcus vaccines.
According to Redwood, a study comparing adverse effects following influenza vaccination found that ITP was the third most common autoimmune condition (after Guillain Barre and rheumatoid arthritis).
Redwood also pointed out that ITP has been reported to occur following exposure to drugs containing polyethylene glycol (PEG), a compound used in both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
“Considering that according to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, cases of ITP have been compensated in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), it is completely disingenuous for vaccine manufacturers to deny this risk,” Redwood said.
An official with the Miami Dade medical examiner’s office on Jan. 11 told the media that the cause of Michael’s death is “pending the completion of studies” by the medical examiner and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
He who lives by the vaccine dies by the vaccine apparently. I wonder how many of his patients were harmed or died from the vaccines he prescribed for them? Still it’s very sad to see anyone die from a vaccine reaction.
He unfortunately trusted in the religion of modern medicine.
23 patients in elderly care homes die days after Covid vaccine… Genocide Eugenics
I hope there is a database being created of all these injuries and deaths…. by someone trustworthy, not VAERS! So sad.
Here is the place I recommend to take your vaccine injury reports. This site and these folks will fight for you!
So sorry for all those who lives are turned inside out from this vaccine. Lets remember that 99.5 % (rounded number) are healing from this infection. And there are now treatments that work. The ONLY reason this vaccine exists is because the medical establishment would not acknowledge what many, many doctors are doing to treat COVID in their clinical settings. See the C-Span hearing of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee addressing early treatment of COVID. Dr. Jane Orient talks about hydroxychlorquine and Dr. Pierre Kory passionately advocates for Ivremectin. This can be treated but because they wanted an early emergency approval for their experimental vaccine these treatments were ignored and hundreds of thousands of people have unnecessarily died. My heart hurts for those suffering through this terrible time and the loss of their loved ones!
Why are there no deaths from the vaccine reported on VAERS? When I do a search, I don`t find any reports.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-22qfU2NNKc – Check this video, this lady is showing the reports…
I been having problems in my head after I received the second shot! I have a shunt in
my head , pressure all the time! I think It’s the (PEGS ) in the shots. I won’t be getting
Another shot until they solve his problem about the (PEGS) in both shots. Phiser and
Madura both have This problem! Thank you!