Imogen Allen, a 22-year old champion show jumper from Woodcote, Berkshire, England, may never be able to ride a horse again after doctors found blood clots on her lungs.
When a medical investigation was conducted to determine what caused the blood clots, it was found that they seemingly formed all of a sudden after Allen was given the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine just 14 days earlier. Her doctors gathered that the champion show jumper suffered an extremely rare adverse reaction to the vaccine.
The blood clots were discovered when Allen suddenly collapsed while having a family holiday in Devon with his boyfriend, Joe. After being subjected to various medical tests to find out what made the 22-year old lose her consciousness, doctors ultimately diagnosed her with bilateral pulmonary thromboembolism.
The medical team examining Allen supposed that the blood clots on her lungs might be somewhat connected to her long-term use of contraceptive pills. However, they changed their theory when she revealed that she felt “a bit different” after her first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on July 24.
Allen, who represented England in British Show Jumping events a decade earlier, shared that she brushed off the sudden bouts of weakness and breathlessness after getting the vaccine believing they were just the effects of being inside the house for too long during the lockdown.
However, she knew something was wrong when she couldn’t seem to do “simple tasks” like “filling in eyelash extensions” and “speaking.” Allen added that routine activities like brushing her teeth wore her out and left her panting for several minutes. Then the doctors informed her about the blood clots, which was very devastating for the 22-year old.
“I was always wary of something happening,” Allen shared. “It just shows that I had every right to be, because look at me now.” Due to the extremely rare adverse reaction from the vaccine, doctors say that the champion show jumper will be on blood-thinning medication for the rest of her life.
She is also advised not to engage in rough activities since a bump on the head or a simple cut could lead to fatal results due to her bilateral pulmonary thromboembolism. Besides the possibility that the 22-year old champion show jumper may never ride a horse again, her dreams of becoming a police detective are also shattered.
“I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do now,” Allen pointed out. “Work isn’t even on the horizon.”
Moreover, the European Medical Agency found in a study conducted April this year that “unusual blood clots” coupled with “low blood platelets” were also seen as extremely rare side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca.