Shattered mum of unvaccinated man, 21, who suddenly died from a brain aneurysm hits out at vile anti-vaxxers after they hijacked his death with false claims Pfizer jab killed him
- Mother of unvaccinated farm worker hit out at false rumours about his death
- Liam Ranby from New Zealand’s North Island died after collapsing at the gym
- Trolls hijacked his death by claiming it was related to him receiving a Covid jab
- His mother Tania Ranby said the rumours were completely untrue and hurtful
The death of Liam Ranby, 21, was heartlessly hijacked by anti-vaxxers after he suffered a fatal brain aneurysm
The mother of a young unvaccinated farm worker who suffered a fatal brain aneurysm has hit out at false anti-vaxxer claims the Pfizer Covid vaccine killed him.
Liam Ranby, 21, from Whangārei on New Zealand‘s North Island, died on October 8 after collapsing during a gym session.
Heartless trolls hijacked Mr Ranby’s tragic ordeal, claiming on social media he was suffering ‘vaccine-related’ side effects while he was still fighting for life in hospital.
His mother Tania Ranby said the rumours were completely untrue and that she had spoken to her son hours before his death about his decision not to get vaccinated.
‘He didn’t want to get vaccinated and he wanted my opinion. My advice was to take his time with the decision, don’t feel pushed into it, and do what’s right for him,’ she told the NZ Herald.
Liam pictured with his mother Tania Ranby and sister Arnika. His mother she had spoken to her son hours before his death about his decision not to get vaccinated
‘People have been messaging me telling me that I’m lying – that it’s my duty to tell the public the truth.
‘I’m not vaccinated, I’m pro-choice. I’ve heard both sides and it upsets me, people pushing the vaccine onto others.
‘But it makes me sick that people are using my son to push their ideas through.’
She said Liam’s father had also spoken out against the keyboard warriors at her son’s funeral.
Ms Ranby said the anti-vaxxer rumours were so vocal that she even second-guessed herself about the cause of Liam’s death and went back to check his medical records.
A fundraiser for Liam’s family to help pay for his funeral – which has so far raised $13,990 – revealed the kiwifruit farm worker and keen musician was an organ donor.
‘Liam’s organs are being donated to save lives all over the country,’ the fundraiser reads.
‘I invite you to dig deep for them [his family] as they will need to pay for funeral expenses and time off work to grieve.’
The death of Tom Van Dijk (right) was also hijacked by anti-vaxxers wrongly claiming he died after receiving a dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
In August, a Sydney private school was forced to rubbish claims one of its students died from the vaccine after anti-vaxxers spread fake rumours about the cause of his death.
St Pius X College student Tom Van Dijk, 17, died at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during a swim with his family on August 21.
Daily Mail Australia revealed how false reports then circulated online that the champion swimmer and musician died shortly after receiving a dose of vaccine.
However, the Chatswood school’s principal John Couani said the student had not even received his first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
‘We have had a tragic loss [but] he did not have Covid-19 and did not die as a result of the vaccine,’ Mr Couani told The North Shore Times.