An actress who suffered a terrifying health ordeal after having a Covid jab still strongly supports vaccination.
Melle Stewart, 42, proudly showed off a badge confirming she had been vaccinated for Covid after receiving an AstraZeneca jab back in 2021.
Two weeks after Ms Stewart received the jab, she woke up with a strange feeling on the right side of her body.
As she tried to get out of bed, she collapsed and was rushed to hospital, where her condition quickly deteriorated as she lost all movement in the right side of her body and her ability to speak.
Melle Stewart (pictured), 42, proudly showed off a badge confirming her Covid-19 vaccination in 2021
The performer ended up in ICU, where she was diagnosed with vaccine-induced Thrombocytopenic Thrombosis, a rare side affect linked to the AstraZeneca jab.
She spent three weeks in an induced coma after suffering a severe stroke, caused by two large clots in the main veins of her brain, and had to have part of her brain removed.
Ms Stewart’s husband, fellow actor Ben Lewis, said that while his wife almost died, she has urged everyone to get vaccinated if they haven’t already.
‘Obviously if you’re gonna win a lottery you’d prefer it was the other one,’ he told 9News.
‘She really wants people to know that she still supports vaccination’.
Ms Stewart had been working as a drama teacher in London due to the closure of theatres during the pandemic when she first became ill in June 2021.
Mr Lewis recalled the details of the terrifying night he and his wife realised something was seriously wrong.
‘We went to bed at ten o’clock that night and Melle woke up at midnight feeling funny,’ he said.
Mr Lewis said he thought she might have fallen asleep on her right arm, causing it to feel ‘dead’.
Ms Stewart’s husband, Ben Lewis (right), said that while his wife almost died, she has urged everyone to get vaccinated if they haven’t already
But when Ms Stewart tried to stand up, she realised she couldn’t put any weight on her right leg.
The frightened couple rushed to their local hospital in an Uber.
While initial tests were clear, Ms Stewart’s condition rapidly deteriorated and she lost her ability to speak and move her right side.
Due to the travel ban during the height of the pandemic, her family, including six siblings and her parents, were not able to travel from Australia to be by her side.
Ms Stewart’s condition has continued to improve and she is currently in rehab in a hospital in London.
Mr Lewis said he was feeling hopeful about his wife of 12 year’s health.
‘She’s attacking her therapies with 150 per cent commitment. The NHS staff are just absolutely incredible,’ he said.
Ms Stewart is still recovering in a London hospital from the serious health ordeal
‘The signs are good for her walking. Her muscles are coming back in her right leg which is amazing.’
Mr Lewis said he desperately hoped Ms Stewart could make a return to her beloved career in the arts.
Born in Queensland, Ms Stewart graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and made a guest appearance on the hit soap Home and Away in 2011.
She is best known for her stage work in Australia and the UK where she has lived for the past 10 years.
Australian medical body the TGA said eight people have died from the blood clotting condition in Australia, from more than 12m doses.
‘In Australia, the risk of dying from TTS after vaccination is approximately one in a million,’ the TGA said.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help raise money for Ms Stewart’s ongoing treatment.