Simone Scott, a 19-year-old student at Northwestern University, received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine in April.
She felt noticeably fatigued afterward and developed a bad cough, but thought it could be allergies. Time passed and suddenly it was May, and she was due to receive the second dose. Although she was still not feeling herself, she stuck with the schedule and went in for it. Simone got the second dose on May 1.
Over the next two weeks, she experienced frequent nose bleeds, a low-grade fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and irregular heartbeat.
During this time, she visited the student health clinic three times, where it was assumed she had some kind of virus and she was given antiviral medication.
Doctors failed to properly diagnose the previously completely healthy teenager.
By May 16, she had only gotten worse. Dizzy, seriously fatigued and unable to walk, Simone was admitted to the hospital where she and her family were told her heart was failing.
They suspected it was myocarditis, and that “a virus was attacking her heart.”
An emergency surgery to insert a balloon pump was performed, but it failed and Simone was placed on a heart-lung bypass (ECMO).
By May 23, doctors informed her parents that a heart transplant was her best option and she was blessed to receive one that evening.
Following the surgery, Simone continued to struggle and had to remain sedated. Her lungs had been severely damaged, and the immunosuppresive drugs she was given to tolerate the transplant led to a severe lung infection.
On June 11, Simone’s parents were called in to say their last goodbyes. Simone passed away that Friday morning.
“I lost my only daughter. I never thought I’d have to give up my daughter for the greater good of society. I do suspect it was the vaccine. If not directly, it played a role. I never knew that there was a risk for something as serious as this. I would have wanted to.” —V. Scott, mother
On Twitter, Alex Berenson broke the story and has been following closely the cases of myocarditis and pericarditis in recently vaccinated teenagers.
Simone’s doctors are still denying the two Moderna shots she had in the weeks before her sudden heart failure had anything to do with her condition, even though the CDC held an emergency meeting to discuss heart conditions in teens after the COVID vaccination.
As of May 31, there were over 800 reports of myocarditis / pericarditis (heart inflammation) after the COVID vaccines, with a higher rate after dose 2, suggesting causal connection. If it was purely random, there would be an even number of events after both doses.