An accidental allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine caused last March’s death of northeast Kansas resident Jeanie Evans, according to this autopsy report.

Jeanie Evans died of “anaphylaxis due to COVID-19 vaccination,” according to her autopsy report.

The Effingham resident died March 24, 2021, a day after the Moderna vaccine was administered to her in Jefferson County.

The Topeka Capital-Journal acquired the autopsy report Tuesday from the Shawnee County coroner’s office after submitting a Kansas Open Records Act request.

Evans, 68, had a medical history of hypertension, environmental allergies, allergic disorder and reactive airway disease — which wasn’t asthma — and had experienced previous anaphylactic reaction to the drug Albuterol, the autopsy report said.

It said Evans began to complain that her airway felt blocked about 15 to 20 minutes after she received her first COVID vaccination on March 23, 2021. Evans was taken by ground ambulance at 5:21 p.m. to Stormont-Vail, where she died at 11:55 a.m. the next day.

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Jeanie Evans’ family plans to sue in her death

An accidental allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine caused the death of northeast Kansas resident Jeanie Evans in March 2021, according to an autopsy report.

Colt Umphenour, one of Evans’ sons, said the family intends to file suit.

“I am actively looking for a new attorney to represent the family,” Umphenour said.

Members of Evans’ family last April hired Lynn Johnson, of the Kansas City, Mo.-based law firm Shamberg, Johnson and Bergman.

But Johnson told The Capital-Journal on Tuesday he chose not to pursue legal action on their behalf. He said he couldn’t reveal any additional information because that would violate rules of attorney-client privilege.

Umphenour said Tuesday that Johnson “deferred” handling the case personally but recommended the family pursue the case.

Evans served on the Effingham City Council and was a clerk for Main Street Food & Fuel in that city, located about 35 miles northeast of Topeka, according to her obituary.

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Experts say anaphylaxis after COVID-19 vaccination is rare

Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, according to the website of the Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic.

Anaphylaxis after COVID-19 vaccination is rare and has occurred in approximately 5 people per 1 million vaccinated in the U.S., according to the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Evans’ autopsy report indicated the autopsy was carried out by medical examiner Beth Frost, an employee of Kansas City, Kan.-based Forensic Medical Holdings of Kansas LLC, which provides coroner’s services to Shawnee County.

This article originally appeared on Topeka Capital-Journal: Jeanie Evans died of allergic reaction to COVID vaccine, autopsy shows



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