On January 29th, Dr. Bussel Mrs. Legaspis doctor, Dr. Niriksha Chandrani, an email labeled “My Strong Recommendations,” stated that he was “very afraid” that Ms. Legaspi would have a cerebral haemorrhage and recommended a different course of treatment. Dr. Chandrani, chief oncology physician at Elmhurst, realized that Dr. Bussel was a leading authority on platelet disorder, and she took his advice.

She had spent several sleepless nights worrying about Ms. Legaspi.

“I didn’t want her to die,” said Dr. Chandrani.

Recognition…about Luz Legaspi

A day later, Ms. Legaspi’s platelet count had reached 6,000: “Slow but steady progress,” said Dr. Bussel. The next morning it was 40,000, which got them out of the most perilous zone. Two days later, on February 1, there were 71,000.

It’s impossible to tell if the new treatments worked, if the first started, or if she recovered on its own. But on February 2, she went home from the hospital to the Queens apartment she shares with her daughter and 7-year-old grandson. On February 4, her daughter said Ms. Legaspi’s platelet count was 293,000.

Another vaccine recipient, Sarah C., 48, a teacher in Arlington, Texas, received the Moderna vaccine on January 3rd. She asked not to use her full name to protect her privacy.

Two weeks later, she began to have profuse vaginal bleeding. After two days, she saw her obstetrician, who ordered blood tests and other tests. A few hours later he called and urged her to go straight to the emergency room. He was stunned, hoping it was a lab mistake, but her blood count showed no platelets. She had had an exam less than a week before the vaccination and blood test results were completely normal.