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Congressman Sean Casten of Illinois and his family are dealing with a tragic death of his “healthy 2022 teenager.”

In June, Gwen Casten died of a sudden cardiac arrhythmia.

“In layman’s terms, she was fine, and then her heart stopped,” Rep. Casten said. “We don’t know what caused the arrhythmia, and likely never will.”

Casten said Gwen was a “healthy” teenager.

“She ate well, exercised, got regular check-ups, didn’t suffer from any behavioral health issues, and had close relationships with family and friends. She was fully vaccinated, and quarantined after occasional positive, asymptomatic COVID tests during the omicron wave. She had just come home from an evening with friends, went to bed and didn’t wake up.

“We are heartbroken, but we are not unique. Sudden, unexplained heart failure among young, healthy people is rare but real. We are left grasping at the wrong end of random chance.”

While some have speculated on the vaccine’s role in Casten’s tragic death, others say the vaccine had nothing to do with the tragedy.

On Friday, the same day that Casten posted the family statement regarding Gwen’s cause of death, the Office of Florida’s Surgeon General issued an announcement recommending against mRNA COVID vaccines for males 18-39.

Dr. Joseph Ladapo’s office said the analysis found an 84 percent increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 within 28 days following mRNA vaccination.


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