MIAMI (AP) – A South Florida doctor who died about two weeks after receiving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine died in a way that has been categorized as natural, a medical office official said Wednesday.
Dr. Gregory Michael died of a condition that could cause internal bleeding, and there is no medical certainty that the shot caused the disorder, according to an email from Darren Caprara, chief operating officer of the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department.
Michael’s death in January was investigated by the Florida Department of Health and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Samples from an autopsy were sent to the CDC.
“Scientific and clinical expertise in vaccine safety, immunology, infectious diseases, hematology, pathology and laboratory science was part of the research team or was frequently consulted,”
The investigation team concluded that Michael died of complications from immunothrombocytopenia, otherwise known as ITP, a disorder that can prevent blood from clotting and cause internal bleeding. Michael died in January of the disorder more than two weeks after receiving the shot.
Michael, 56, was an obstetrician with private practice at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.