Did Hawaiian surfing champion Kalani David die from a seizure caused by the COVID-19 vaccine?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Surfing Champ Kalani David Died From Vaccine!
Within hours of news breaking that Kalani David died from a seizure out on the ocean, anti-vaccination activists started claiming that his seizure was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.
Here are a few examples on social media :
Truth : Surfing Champ Kalani David Did NOT Die From Vaccine!
It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all athlete deaths or injuries on the COVID-19 vaccine.
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why… and the current facts that we know so far.
Fact #1 : Kalani David Drowned After Having A Seizure Out At Sea
Kalani David Feeney Barrientos drowned after suffering a seizure while he was surfing in the ocean off Costa Rica on Saturday, September 17, 2022.
The Costa Rica Judicial Investigation Department confirmed that he drowned, stating:
Fact #2 : His Mother Confirmed He Died From His Seizure
Kalani David’s mother, Andrea David, organised a GoFundMe to raise funds to bring his body back to the United States, so he can be buried next to his grandfather in Florida.
In that GoFundMe page, she confirmed that he “died of a massive seizure“. She noticeably did not mention the COVID-19 vaccine as a cause.
Fact #3 : Kalani David Had Wolf-Parkinson-White Syndrome
Kalani David was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, a congenital condition that causes the heart to beat abnormally fast.
The rapid heart rate, called supra-ventricular tachycardia (SVT), causes episodes of palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain and fainting. It can present with seizures in some patients.
By itself, WPW can cause sudden death through atrial or ventricular fibrillation. Coupled with seizures, it makes for a very dangerous situation.
Fact #4 : Kalani David Was Warned Against Surfing / Driving
Months before he died, he was warned by his neurologist to avoid surfing or driving, after suffering multiple seizures.
In a prescient June 22, 2022 Instagram post, he shared that his doctor warned him that if he had a seizure while surfing, he will either die or “become a vegetable”.
He also mentioned that he suffered from those seizures quite often, even when he was sleeping.
Fact #5 : Kalani David Almost Died TWICE In 2016
When Kalani David had his first seizure in August 2016, he was skateboarding. He immediately fell on his face, unconscious, with his heart stopped. Fortunately, he was revived in an ambulance, but he suffered another 3 seizures in the hospital.
He also shared a photo of himself recovering from that 2016 seizure. That photo, sadly, is being misused by some websites which are claiming that it’s a photo of Kalani David dying / lying dead in the hospital in 2022.
Hence, I have no choice but to plaster a misleading overlay to prevent this photo from being further abused.
Just before Christmas 2016, he suffered another seizure. This time, while he was sleeping. He ended up seizing for about 6 hours before a friend found him.
He spent two days in a medically-induced coma, and underwent an open-heart surgery to try and “burn off” the extra electrical pathway in his heart.
Fact #6 : Unknown If Kalani David Was Vaccinated
It is currently unknown if Kalani David was vaccinated against COVID-19, so it would be wrong for anyone to claim that he died from COVID-19 vaccine side effects.
For all we know – he may not even be vaccinated! The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in the United States, despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim.
And Costa Rica no longer requires travellers to show proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test.
Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective
COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.
In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.
Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.
Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!
Fact #8 : Claims Of Athletes Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False
This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing athlete deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.
So far, claims of athlete deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.
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Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next athlete tragedy…
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