Illinois congressman Sean Casten (D-IL) revealed on Friday that his 17-year-old fully vaccinated daughter Gwen died suddenly in June from a cardiac arrhythmia.
Gwen Casten was getting ready to start her freshman year at University of Vermont when she went to sleep after a night out with friends and never woke up again.
“This past June, our daughter, Gwen Casten, died of sudden cardiac arrhythmia. In layman’s terms, she was fine, and then her heart stopped,” the Casten family said in a statement. “We don’t know what caused the arrhythmia, and likely never will.”
“We are heartbroken, but we are not unique,” Sean Casten said. “Sudden unexplained heart-failure among young, healthy people is rare but real. We are left grasping at the wrong end of random chance.”
Sudden and unexpected
The family said that Gwen Casten was a healthy eater and an exerciser who was also involved in politics, particularly pro-gun control activism.
Casten had been fully vaccinated, ostensibly with the Pfizer MRNA vaccine since that was the only one available and approved for ages 12 to 17.
She also tested positive for COVID-19 several times during the pandemic, according to her family, but had not had any symptoms associated with the virus.
The family thanked the public for the love and support they received after their daughter’s unexpected death.
“None of us know when our last heartbeat will come,” the family’s statement continued. “The best we can hope for is that when our loved ones do pass, we will have no regrets about the time we were lucky enough to share.”
The family did not seem to connect their daughter’s vaccination status with her death, but studies have shown a spike in cardiac arrhythmias in young people who have received the MRNA vaccines.
Florida’s health secretary even recommended against men ages 19-39 getting vaccinated because of the increase in deaths from arrhythmias, which tend to affect men more than women.
Deaths in otherwise healthy teens are also on the rise, and need to be studied before vaccination is just pushed on everyone.