The X-ray technologist, who died four days after his second COVID-19 shot was shot by heart disease, concludes the Orange County Coroner.
Tim Zook, 60, worked at South Coast Global Medical Center in Santa Ana and proudly showed band-aid after his last Pfizer jab on January 5th. He became ill a few hours later and died on January 9th. death was seized by vaccine opponents who, against evidence, show the shots are dangerous.
The long-awaited autopsy report, released Wednesday, July 14, showed that Zook’s heart was greatly enlarged, thicker than normal, and enlarged. “There is a focus on severe coronary artery disease,” it said, and his heart valves showed mild to moderate calcium deposition.
The official cause of death was “hypertensive and atherosclerotic heart disease with severe cardiomegaly and heart failure,” the report says. Nowhere is it mentioned that vaccination plays a role.
Wife not convinced
Rochelle Zook, his widow, trusts science. She has received her COVID-19 vaccines. Then they have three grown sons, Aaron, Jared and Kyle. “He wants us to be safe,” she said.
But she’s still convinced that Zook’s death is somehow tied to the last shot.
“Heart enlargement? How was his heart enlarged? ” she asked. “He had been to a doctor and had tests and tests – no one mentioned an enlarged heart.”
Zook had high blood pressure, was well controlled with medication, and was slightly overweight but otherwise healthy, she said.
Rochelle Zook’s theory is that the vaccines are so new that much remains unknown. She has decided to keep samples of her husband’s tissues for future testing in hopes of unraveling a mystery as more data on the vaccines comes to light in the coming years.
Link difficult to establish
Experts warn that it is very difficult to make a causal line between vaccination and death. When millions of people are vaccinated – 185 million people have received at least one shot in the United States and more than 335 million doses have been administered, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control – some would die from any number of unrelated causes, such as a matter of pure statistics.
No prescription drug or biological product, such as a vaccine, is completely free of side effects. Vaccines protect many people from dangerous diseases, but vaccines, such as drugs, can cause side effects, a small percentage of which can be serious, ”says the CDC in its primer for the national vaccine system for reporting side effects, where Zook’s death was logged and where everyone can report reactions.
There have been more than 1,000 reports since April of inflammation of the heart – called myocarditis and pericarditis – after mRNA vaccinations like Pfizer and Moderna shots, the CDC said. These reports are rare given the hundreds of millions of vaccine doses administered and are particularly seen in adolescents and young adults. Most patients who received care responded well to treatment and rest and quickly felt better, the CDC said.
Inflammation is not mentioned in Zook’s autopsy report.
In January, Pfizer sent condolences to the family, saying it would closely monitor what happened. “Unfortunately, serious side effects, including deaths unrelated to the vaccine, are likely to occur at a similar rate as they would in the general population,” a spokesman said at the time. The company did not return requests for comment Wednesday.
Zook worked in hospitals for more than 36 years and loved what he did, Rochelle Zook said. He believed in vaccines, would get the shot back and would urge the public to get it too. He passionately encouraged people to disguise themselves and stay home when ICUs were flooded with COVID-19 patients in December.
Colleagues take care of the loss
He was loved at South Coast Global Medical Center, where colleagues deeply mourn his loss, a spokesman said.
He loved food, posting photos of homemade courgettes, thick steaks, sumptuous Sunday breakfast, wine tasting in Sonoma. He shared memes calling for calm on Election Day, quoting Lincoln as saying, “We are not enemies, but friends,” and shared the speech that President John F. Kennedy could never give: “Let us not quarrel with one another, when the future of our nation is at stake. Let us stand with renewed confidence in our cause – united in our legacy of the past and our hope for the future – and determined that this country we love must lead all of humanity into new frontiers of peace and abundance. ”
Zook was a caring, generous man with deep love for his family, an always open door and a gift to make others feel comfortable and welcome, say friends and family. It has been hard to miss him and wait for the autopsy report. But finally, friends and family from far and wide are joining forces this weekend at Zoom to celebrate Zook’s life. Those who loved him need a sense of closure, Rochelle Zook said.