A 39-year-old single mom from Ogden died four days after her second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
According to local ABC News affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City, “Kassidi Kurill by all accounts was healthy, happy and ‘had more energy” than just about anyone else around her. She had no known health problems or pre-existing conditions.”
“Alfred Hawley, a retired Hill Air Force Base fighter pilot, is a military man who has known risk and loss his entire life. He’s taken it all in stride, until now.”
“An hour before his daughter’s celebration of life this past Saturday, he sat down to talk about his baby girl, the one who always wore makeup to cover up the freckles he loved so much.”
“I’m at a state in my life where I’m ok with that (emotion)” Alfred told the reporter as he wiped the tears from his eyes.
“She was the one who promised to take care of me” he said.
Four days after Kassidi’s second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, she was gone. Dead before most of her family could say their goodbyes.
“She came in early and said her heart was racing and she felt like she needed to get to the emergency room.” Alfred woke up that Thursday morning to his daughter asking for help.
“Kassidi and her 9-year-old daughter Emilia lived with her parents.” the KUTV reported. “They’d been one family under the same roof since Emilia was born. Mom and Dad, grandma and grandpa always close by when they were needed.”
Kassidi’s father said she “got sick right away, soreness at the shot location then started getting sick then started complaining that she was drinking lots of fluids but couldn’t pee and then felt a little better the next day.”
After her first shot, Kassidi, the first in the family to get the vaccine, experienced a sore arm. Her father explained being a surgical tech for several local plastic surgeons, that the vaccine was a part of the job.”
“Kassidi’s older sister Kristin, often confused as her twin, lives in Arizona,” the report mentioned. “The distance didn’t matter much, they visited often and talked on the phone every day.”
Kristen said her sister seemed to be okay on the day of the second COVID-19 shot on Monday, February 1. “They had gone shopping, she was fine then started feeling not so great that evening.”
Kristin said they were not worried about Kassidi because “everyone from her work had flu-like symptoms,so we thought that was normal.”
Kassidi remained in bed all day Tuesday and Wednesday, but by Thursday morning she knew something was wrong. She asked her father to drive her to the local ER, where they arrived by 7 a.m.
As soon as they walked in the door, Kassidi began vomiting. Her father indicated doctors were trying to determine if there was any explanation?”
He answered saying, “She just had the shot, they did a blood test and immediately came back and said she was very-very sick, and her liver was not functioning.”
“It was a total shock and I was even afraid to tell my wife” he recalled. It was a call he did not want to make.
Kassidi was flown to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, a trauma center where they had the ability to do transplants if needed. Her liver was failing and a transplant, doctors believed, was her best option at survival.
“That’s when Kristin got the call her sister was being transferred. She jumped on the first flight to Utah, but when she landed, she was not allowed in the hospital because of COVID-19 protocols. She waited with Kassidi’s daughter Emilia, hoping for a miracle.”
“Both of Kassidi’s parents volunteered to donate a portion of their liver, they knew if they were not a match, they could be part of a trade where someone else who was a match could help their daughter.”
“They never got the chance to offer the lifesaving gift. Doctors at Intermountain were doing everything they could to get Kassidi stable, but nothing seemed to work. Alfred said his daughter’s liver, kidneys and heart shut down.”
Alfred, who was with his daughter when she passed, said it didn’t make any sense.
“She was healthy – happy and active. The greatest mom you ever saw in your life and then she was so sick that in less than 12 hours intubated and on life support.”
30 hours after they arrived in the emergency room, Kassidi passed.
The family agreed to an autopsy and Kurill’s body was moved to the Utah State Medical Examiner in Taylorsville where a full autopsy was performed.
Dr. Erik Christensen, Utah’s chief Medical Examiner, warned that proving vaccine injury as a cause of death almost never happens.
“Did the vaccine cause this? I think that would be very hard to demonstrate in autopsy,” he admitted and could only recall one case where they could determine a vaccine as the cause of death on an official autopsy report–but that was in an immediate case of Anaphylaxis. It was an instantaneous death after the injection.
A more likely result of the autopsy, would be a lack of answers or an “incomplete autopsy” the doctor said.
Kassidi, according to her family, had no known medical conditions. Her past medical records will likely be used in her death investigation that could take as long as three months depending on what initial reports and toxicology reports show.
Kristin said when she looks back, Kassidi “was fine the day she got the shot and then everything changed.”
Kassidi’s death leaves a major void; her 9-year-old daughter will continue living with her grandparents. Her father, a civil servant and member of the National Guard, travels for work and has served several tours overseas.
Her family has set up a Memorial Account in Kassidi Kurill’s name:
You can donate at America First Credit Union
- PO Box 9199, Ogden Ut 84409
- Routing # AFCU 324377516
- Account #9119439
A GoFundMe has also been set up for Emilia.
Kassidi’s death is just one of four recent vaccine deaths in Utah as reported on the VAERS system, which is known to be considerably understated because it’s only a volunteered effort.