Jessica Berg Wilson, a 37-year-old stay-at-home mother from Washington, was a healthy and vibrant woman, according to her family who said she passed away suddenly on Sept. 7. A family member said doctors diagnosed her with vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT).
VITT is a rare, and sometimes fatal, blood-clotting condition triggered by COVID vaccines.
In an exclusive interview with The Defender, Tom Wilson, Jessica’s husband, and Thomas Ivancie, her uncle, said Twitter’s fact-checkers — who have never spoken with their family to verify Jessica’s story — affixed “misleading” and “misinformation” labels to her obituary.
Because of the Twitter labels, people couldn’t interact with Jessica’s obituary, or share the story.
On Sept. 2, Jessica went to a Seattle pharmacy to get her COVID vaccine and was told she would be receiving the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) shot. Jessica had no underlying health conditions, her husband said.
Jessica was “vehemently opposed” to taking the vaccine, “considering her stay-at-home mom status, state of good health and young age in conjunction with the known and unknown risk of an unproven vaccine,” Wilson said.
But Jessica was pressured to get the vaccine due to a vaccine mandate at their child’s school requiring “room moms” who wished to serve in the classroom be fully vaccinated.
In an email to The Defender, Ivancie said Jessica immediately became ill after receiving J&J’s vaccine, and went to the emergency room at UW Medical Center.
“Jessica explained she had been vaccinated and was suffering various severe symptoms,” Ivancie said. “Attending doctors kept her isolated for hours, insisted on giving her a COVID test and sent her home. They did not pursue any other protocol, even though Jessica protested.”
“Once at home, Jessica fell into a coma and was taken by ambulance to UW Medical Center in Seattle, where doctors diagnosed her with VITT,” Ivancie explained. “A team of doctors worked to relieve pressure on Jessica’s brain, but ultimately, it was too late.”
As a young mother, Jessica was a dedicated listener to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s “RFK, Jr. The Defender” podcast. She was well-informed about COVID vaccines and adamantly opposed to getting the injections, Ivancie said.
In Ivancie’s eulogy he said:
“Jessica died as a direct result of an experimental vaccine — a vaccine that she vehemently opposed taking. Jessica felt coerced. She felt robbed of her ability to choose. Her ability to say ‘no’ — to say no to a medical procedure she did not want — was taken from her.”
Her obituary said:
“During the last weeks of her life, the world turned dark with heavy-handed vaccine mandates. Local and state governments were determined to strip away her right to consult her wisdom and enjoy her freedom.
“Her passion to be actively involved in her children’s education — which included being a room mom in her child’s classroom — was, once again, blocked by government mandate.”
“Due to coercive pressure from the Seattle Catholic grade school and the Archdiocese of Seattle, she relented to taking the injection,” Ivancie said.
Ivancie said Jessica “was informed she could not enter her daughters’ school campus for any reason unless vaccinated, and as a dutiful mother, Jessica wanted to be able to take her children to school and volunteer there as needed. Thus, under duress, she relented and took the vaccine.”