Soon after the seizures, Ms. Stewart lost her ability to speak and all movement on the right side of her body. After being admitted to the hospital, neurologists diagnosed her with Vaccine-Induced Thrombocytopenic Thrombosis (VITT). This blood-clotting condition is acknowledged by AstraZeneca as a “very rare side effect.” However, the condition is not some “rare event” when it’s happening directly to you and your life is flashing before your very eyes.
Ms. Stewart suffered a stroke and had to undergo multiple surgeries and therapies, including a craniectomy and a three-hour operation to remove part of her skull. The team of neurologists saved her life by reducing the pressure in her brain and installing a titanium plate in her skull.
There was no doubt that these injuries were from the COVID-19 vaccine, and the doctors working on her did not deny this obvious fact. Mrs. Stewart’s husband, Ben Lewis, said the doctors were concerned about the vaccine from the start and “were running the hypothesis that this was linked to the vaccine.”
He said that Melle had “zero medical history,” was very healthy, and “treated her body like a temple.” Mr. Lewis said his wife had never even been in the hospital before. A hematologist ran several blood tests on Melle and was able to confirm that the vaccine was the cause. Not only did Ms. Stewart suddenly have low blood platelet levels after the vaccine, but she also suffered from new clotting issues that required five blood transfusions in a four-day time period.
In 1979, Britain set up a compensation scheme for vaccine injuries called the Vaccine Damage Payments Act. The Act provides social security payments to families of vaccine injured children, as long as the injured party can prove they are 60 percent disabled as a result of the vaccine. The Act was designed to maintain public confidence in vaccinations and to prevent vaccine manufacturers from going bankrupt to medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits. At the time, parents were reporting that the whooping cough vaccine was disabling their children.
The government had no choice but to recognize Melle’s vaccine injury. She received £120,000 (A$230,000) from the government program. However, the payout does not compensate her for the substantial earnings she lost from her acting career. Her husband has also had to put his life on pause to assist his wife with daily activities.
“It’s incredibly frustrating. Words are my life and it has gone now. I say the words but getting them out is an issue,” Ms. Stewart told The Telegraph, when discussing her future in theater. “I am grieving over it. It is hard.”
During the lockdowns, Ms. Stewart believed that the only way to get back to normal was to take an experimental vaccine. She and her husband believed that mass vaccination was the best way to bring back audiences and continue their careers. But now Melle's career is put on hold indefinitely because of a "rare" vaccine injury. She is currently suing AstraZeneca for causing a life-threatening stroke that left her unable to work. “We had an expectation this vaccine was safe to use but AstraZeneca was not safe to use in this case,” her husband said.
Despite all the hell Melle has been through, she still blindly advocates for the COVID-19 vaccines. “Despite the issues I’ve had due to the Astra Zeneca vaccine, I have gone on to receive multiple doses of the Pfizer vaccine and I remain a staunch advocate for vaccination,” Ms. Stewart said on a GoFundMe page. It seems that the actress has not learned anything through this horrid experience, as she continues to cling to her blind belief in vaccines, despite knowing that they almost killed her.