More: The Simpsons: Ned Flanders Church Plot Hole Explained. Nick!" It’s a thing with a lot of Simpsons characters. Since then, Dr. Nick has resumed his status as a recurring Simpsons character, last appearing in a late 2019 episode of season 31. (As I like to say, “idiopathic” basically means “we don’t know the cause.”), The story further noted that ITP is rare and that in extremely rare cases, the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine has been linked to thrombocytopenia in children, according to a 2003 study. Unsurprisingly, the first line of treatment, however, is corticosteroids, ranging from oral prednisone in less severe cases to intravenous dexamethasone or methylprednisolone in more severe cases in which the platelet count is so low as to risk bleeding. For a small number of children, ITP doesn’t go away on its own and may require further medical or surgical treatment. Bleeding Gums Murphy Bleeding Gums Murphy (voiced by Ron Taylor , Daryl L. Coley and Kevin Michael Richardson ) [26] is a jazz musician, idol, and mentor of Lisa Simpson . (More on the general risk of ITP after vaccination later.). As mentioned above, sometimes ITP doesn’t even require treatment and can be managed expectantly by checking platelet counts regularly to make sure the patient’s platelet count is not declining or are even increasing back towards normal. Bleeding Gums: "I don't really have a family, all I had was a little brother who grew up to become a doctor. Occasional bleeding of the gums can … Ron Taylor was born on October 16, 1952 in Galveston, Texas, USA as Ronald James Taylor. Filmography Films It must, however, be acknowledged that it is possible that COVID-19 vaccination might have caused Dr. Michael’s severe ITP. He died of a heart attack aged 49, on January 16, 2002, at his home in Los Angeles, California. He's a jazz musician or some such. Indeed, one of the deaths in the placebo group for the Pfizer vaccine was due to a hemorrhagic stroke. Near the end of the show, Murphy, from the heavens above, plays this song with Lisa, before he hits his final resting place. Despite being a reliable source of gags, the 2007 Simpsons movie appeared to kill off Dr. Nick. (The same principle applies to claims that vaccines cause autism.) A one-stop shop for all things video games. As I mentioned above, ITP is an autoimmune condition that results in platelet destruction in the spleen. (And did you know that the latter even had a name ?) Having previously written for various sports and music outlets, Craig's interest soon turned to TV and film, where a steady upbringing of science fiction and comic books finally came into its own. Acute ITP often occurs after a viral infection. Last week, a post by Heidi Neckelmann, the wife of Miami obstetrician Dr. Gregory Michael describing his death from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) 16 days after being vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine went viral. It’s hard-wired into us to search for causes whenever something horrible happens, and we usually find one, whether it is the true cause or not. Bleeding Gums Murphy VOICE. Exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine. Lisa writes an … And, again, this was observed in children, not adults. The Simpsons' showrunner, Al Jean, has since revealed that the falling chunk of glass in the Simpsons movie only knocked Dr. Nick out, and he went on to make a full recovery after the events of "Trappuccino.". Returning to the hospital the next day, Lisa becomes sad to learn that Bleeding Gums has died. As the COVID-19 vaccines roll out, it’s going to become more and more likely that these people will receive their diagnosis within a couple of weeks of having been vaccinated against COVID-19. His funeral took place on January 28 at the New Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ. Ron Taylor, Actor: Trading Places. Sam Simon to spend time with Maude Flanders and Bleeding Gums Murphy ... A huge part of mine and many people's childhood just died (right after I lost another huge part of it). I used the specific examples of syncope and Bell’s palsy, the former of which is a common reaction to needlesticks of many kinds (including all vaccinations) and the latter of which was almost certainly not related to vaccination against COVID-19, also explaining how the law of large numbers will mean that there will certainly be a lot of health issues manifesting themselves sometime soon after vaccination just by coincidence alone, up to and including death. But later, in season 15's "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife," Monroe appears out of the blue at Marge Simpson's book signing. Intravenous immunoglobulin can also sometimes be effective at decreasing the rate at which macrophages (an immune cell) destroy antibody-tagged platelets. Like platelet transfusions, though, intravenous immunoglobulin usually only transiently increases platelet counts and is usually only used in cases where steroids don’t work and bleeding is either occurring or feared to be imminent. When rituximab binds to CD20, it causes B-cell death and is used against blood cancers and autoimmune diseases. Her post is already doing damage to efforts to persuade people to accept COVID-19 vaccines, as antivaccine groups gleefully spread this story far and wide. In 80 percent of children who have ITP, the platelet count returns to normal within 6 to 12 months. 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Be that as it may, another later study noted that bleeding episodes were uncommon among these patients, that the ITP associated with MMR disappeared within a month in 74% patients and only persisted beyond 6 months in only 10%. The most common symptoms of ITP include, of course, the petechiae and purpura mentioned before (small lesions on the skin due to bleeding under the skin), plus any or all of the following: There are a number of conditions that have been associated with the development of ITP: Also, medications can increase the risk of ITP: The treatments for ITP depend upon the type and severity. In the episode, Bart is hospitalized after eating a piece of jagged metal in his Krusty-O's cereal and sues Krusty the Clown.While visiting Bart, Lisa discovers her old mentor, jazz musician Bleeding Gums Murphy, is also in the hospital. The Daily Mail story, as sensationalistic as it is, does provide us with more information that Ms. Neckelmann’s Facebook post: Dad-of-one Gregory suffered no immediate reaction to the injection but three days later he was taking a shower and noticed petechiae – spots of red that indicate bleeding beneath the skin – on his feet and hands. With Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith. He was married to Deborah Sharpe-Taylor. A Florida doctor has died several weeks after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, although it’s not yet clear whether his death Monday was related to the shot he received on Dec. 18. The name of this illness is Aplastic anemia. Following this, his only album "Sax on the Beach" jumps in price and Lisa plays a tribute to him. Unfortunately, Dr. Michael’s case is, at present, a single anecdote, making it impossible to demonstrate causation. call and response catchphrase. There are also other drugs that can be used, non-steroid immunosuppressants such as mycophenolate mofetil and azathioprine, or even the chemotherapy agent vincristine. Unfortunately, pouring gasoline on the flame was, in her understandable grief, Dr. Michael’s wife Heidi Neckelmann, who wrote a Facebook post that rapidly went viral, particularly in antivaccine circles: The love of my life, my husband Gregory Michael MD an Obstetrician that had his office in Mount Sinai Medical Center in…, Posted by Heidi Neckelmann on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. The story also noted that ITP “can also be caused by cancer, anemia, heavy drinking, viruses, some genetic conditions, toxic chemicals and medications such as diuretics and the rarely used antibiotic chloramphenicol”. It’s called “idiopathic” because its causes are unknown or not well understood. Craig first began contributing to Screen Rant in 2016, several years after graduating college, and has been ranting ever since, mostly to himself in a darkened room. Again, you can’t tell that from just one case, however dramatic and tragic. ‘In my mind his death was 100 percent linked to the vaccine. Chronic ITP varies from person to person and can last for many years. Unsurprisingly, in her grief she blamed the vaccine for her husband’s death from a rare autoimmune condition that destroys platelets and causes bleeding. The Daily Mail: Heidi Neckelmann says obstetrician Gregory Michael, 56 – her ‘best friend’ and partner of 28 years – was active, healthy and had no pre-existing conditions before getting the jab on December 18. It’s also important to note again that severe bleeding due to ITP of the sort suffered by Dr. Michael is rare. However he died from a stroke Sunday morning after suddenly developing a rare autoimmune illness that causes the body to destroy its own platelets, the tiny fragments that help blood to clot. Treatment may not be needed. Bleeding Gums learned his musical skills "at the feet of Blind Willie Witherspoon". SHOW COMMENTS (0) Why Is This One Of Your Favorites? ‘At first they thought it must be a mistake. Pfizer told DailyMail.com Wednesday that it was aware of Dr. Michael’s ‘highly unusual’ death and was investigating further. I can only try to imagine what she is going through now, particularly given that her husband was within a couple of years of my age. Since joining the Screen Rant fold, Craig has been involved in breaking news stories and mildly controversial ranking lists, but now works predominantly as a features writer. That would imply that, even if there is such an association, it is far safer to get the vaccine than it is to take the risk of catching COVID-19 – and, again, this is just one story. In the 22nd episode of season 6, 'Round Springfield, we discover Bleeding Gums' health has taken a turn for the worst and ultimately dies whilst Lisa takes part in a school band recital. Ever. Chronic ITP lasts 6 months or longer and mostly affects adults. Show. It’s thus probably more likely than not that Dr. Michael’s diagnosis so soon after vaccination is a coincidence. And when you think of Jazz, you have to think of the Jazzman, none other than the late great Bleeding Gums Murphy. In case of emergency, platelet transfusions are used, but this is usually not the first choice because the new platelets are usually chewed up by the autoimmune response just as fast as the patient’s own platelets. TV Show: The Simpsons Franchise: Simpsons. She has lost weight and only drinks water. Dr. Hibbert: "Hey I've got an older brother that I'll never see. "Round Springfield" is the episode in which "Bleeding Gums" Murphy dies of kidney failure. He will join Maude Flanders, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Mona Simpson (Homer’s mom), Amber Simpson (Homer’s Las Vegas wife), and Edna Krabappel in the Springfield graveyard. Comments Add a Comment. I thought at first it was a bufo toad but nothing that I found on the internet says anything about a dog bleeding to death (from his mouth and annus) from a toad. But they said you cannot go home, this is incredibly dangerous, you could suffer a brain bleed and die.’. All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. Dr. Nick would become a popular recurring character in The Simpsons, famous for his "Hi, everybody! But what if there really is an association between the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine and ITP? Three turned out to be exacerbations of preexisting ITP and were excluded, but the review also reported one fatality due to intracranial hemorrhage, the same complication that took Dr. Michael’s life. Then he bled to death between midnight an five this morning. He used to laugh at the most inappropriate times." Dr. Iannelli notes that ITP is rare and that there is only one vaccine for which there is a documented association, the MMR vaccine. Again, most symptoms other than the sort that I experienced will turn out not to be due to the vaccine. He Cause of death: Unspecified illness Lisa would never have known her mentor Bleeding Gums Murphy was in the hospital if she hadn't stumbled on his room while Bart was … Most people who have chronic ITP can stop treatment at some point and maintain a safe platelet count. If you are a potential patient and found this page through a Google search, please check out Dr. Gorski's biographical information, disclaimers regarding his writings, and notice to patients here. True, ITP is listed on the Gardasil package insert as a possible adverse reaction, but, as Dr. Iannelli goes on to explain further, later studies have shown no association, and the risk of getting ITP after an actual measles infection is considerably higher than the risk of ITP after the MMR vaccine, thus leading him to point out that “worry about ITP is a not a good reason to skip or delay getting vaccinated”. The world of The Simpsons is one that very much plays by its own rules, with main characters who not only wear the same clothes each day, but also haven't aged since the series began in 1989. But it can also point to other health problems. It’s also entirely understandable that Heidi Neckelmann would believe that it was the COVID-19 vaccine that killed her husband. Bart, meanwhile, sues Krusty the Clown and is given a $100,000 settlement. The blood tests came back with zero platelets every time. Dr. Nick returns in "Lost Verizon" and then had a bigger role in "Eeny Teeny Maya Moe," when Moe is looking to get surgery to make himself shorter and taps up Riviera to conduct the operation. I believe this show was about the death of Lisas favorite sax player, "Bleeding Gums Murphy". Elsewhere, I predicted: The point is that there will be all sorts of scary stories about COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks and months, and a lot of people will have reactions similar to mine. Finally, there’s surgery. He worked out, we had kayaks, he was a deep sea fisherman. How they died: After accidentally being boiled alive by his loving owner, Homer. However he died from a hemorrhagic stroke – when blood from an artery bleeds into the brain – before he could undergo the surgery. This Sunday's episode, "Sweets And Sour Marge" is dedicated to the memory of Ron Taylor, who was the voice of Bleeding Gums Murphy. Splenectomy can result in durable remission of ITP in up to 80% of patients, but, again, it’s generally risky because of the elevated risk of bleeding in the sorts of patients for whom the operation is generally reserved, namely those with refractory severe ITP. It was also noted that severe bleeding due to ITP after COVID-19 infection was rare and that diagnosing ITP in the setting of COVID-19 infection is challenging due to the common incidence of clotting disorders and diffuse intravascular coagulation (DIC), which can also cause platelet depletion. In the case of Maude Flanders and Bleeding Gums, both exits were major plot points that reverberated through other characters and bled into later episodes; to undo either of those would've cheapened the impact of the deaths. Acute ITP is often self-limited, and it’s rare for ITP in adults to be so resistant to treatment as Dr. Michael’s case: For most children and adults, ITP isn’t a serious or life-threatening condition. The study cited in the USA TODAY story estimated the attributable risk of developing ITP after MMR vaccination to be 1 in 25,000 vaccinations, which strikes me as rather high. In mild cases, treatment may not be needed. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Steven P. Novella, MD – Founder and Executive Editor, David H. 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