22-Year-Old Dies of Heart Inflammation After Second COVID Shot in Israel
The family of a young Israeli woman who died of heart inflammation after being vaccinated against COVID-19 has blamed the hospital where she was treated for her death.
Shirel Hilel, 22, received her second vaccine dose two weeks ago, her sister Nofar told Channel 13 news, in a segment aired Thursday evening. She later reported feeling unwell and said she was experiencing muscle pain.
“I told her, ‘take [a pain killer]. No help? Tomorrow go to the doctor,’” Nofar said.
However, Hilel’s condition worsened and she began to have difficulty breathing and pains in her chest and was taken to Safed’s Ziv Medical Center.
At the hospital, Hilel was diagnosed with myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, which boyfriend Eyal said the doctor compared to a swollen shoulder.
“I said okay, three, four days or a week. I’ll be with her as much as needed,” he said.
According to the network, there have been other cases of myocarditis among Israelis who received both vaccine shots, but all had been successfully treated, including patients in more serious condition than Hilel.
Hilel was eventually taken to the cardiac care unit, where her family asserted she was not sufficiently watched over by hospital staff.
“I looked at the monitor, I saw the breaths. The monitor was beeping and no one approached,” Nofar Hilel said.
Two days later, she said, her sister collapsed.
“I got ready so quickly and said, ‘I’ll go up [to the hospital] to see what we can save.’ Five minutes later they called to say she died,” Nofar said.
She added: “She just deteriorated before their eyes and no one, just no one even lifted a hand and said, she isn’t receiving care.” Read Full Article >