MN family receives reimbursement after COVID-19 booster death 

Darlene Carlson, 82, died at a Twin Cities hospital on June 2, 2022, days after receiving the Pfizer booster.

Dr. Ken Carlson, Darlene’s widower, holds the $9,000 check he received from the government after his wife of 59 years died after receiving her COVID booster shot. (Photo provided to Alpha News)

In a rare move acknowledging a death caused by the COVID jab, a Minnesota family has received $9,000 from the federal government to reimburse them for funeral costs.

Darlene Carlson, 82, died at a Twin Cities hospital on June 2, 2022, days after receiving the Pfizer booster.

Her doctors said her death should be reported as an adverse vaccine reaction, but it never was until her own family stepped in to make the report. The shot was listed as a contributing cause of death on her death certificate.

Carlson’s daughters, Leanne Goth and Susan Trelstad, told Alpha News reporter Liz Collin in December how her death was never reported in the system that records adverse vaccine reactions until they did it themselves.

Now, the government seems to have acknowledged the shot played a role after a check arrived in the mail from the U.S. Department of the Treasury last week totaling $9,000.

FEMA has funds available for a death “that was attributed to COVID-19,” according to its website, but Carlson never tested positive for COVID. Her daughters argued that their mother never would have been vaccinated if it weren’t for COVID, and hence her death could be “attributed to COVID-19.”

The website says $2.8 billion has been distributed to eligible applicants for COVID-19 funeral assistance.

Susan Trelstad spent months working with FEMA to secure the funds through this program.

The sisters acknowledged it was never about the money.

“It feels like validation. It’s an acknowledgment from the government these shots are not as safe as they claim to be. There is a real risk involved,” Goth said.

Trelstad said the system gave them the “runaround” for months even after exact documentation was properly submitted several times.

“You could tell they were hesitant. They were given everything they asked for,” Goth said.

The family has also applied for reimbursements through the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program.

“I think they were trying to get me to go away. I’m a stubborn Swede so I wouldn’t,” Trelstad mentioned.

“I wanted them to see my mom’s death certificate and the booster shot. It was my way of getting her death certificate in front of their faces,” she added.

Despite Carlson’s death certificate mentioning the booster shot, her daughter’s discovered two doctors failed to report her death to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) until they made the report themselves.

Their mom also suffered a reaction to her first booster months earlier.

“One doctor said this needs to be reported and the other put it on the death certificate. It didn’t seem like anybody knew it would be their responsibility to report it. Then we found out when she had her reaction in Florida that that hospital didn’t report it,” Goth explained.

Carlson died eight days into her hospital stay. She went into the hospital with inflamed lungs.

She never tested positive for COVID. Carlson had a heart attack while on a ventilator.

“We understand most people don’t die from these shots, but a lot of people are injured and there are a minority that die. But, for our family this was so unnecessary. It has cost us so much, the contributions our mom made to the family can’t be counted,” Goth said.

More than 20,000 Minnesotans have reported adverse events associated with the shots.

“This money doesn’t bring her back,” Goth said.

Alpha News reached out to a FEMA spokesperson for comment on the reimbursement but did not receive a response.


Liz Collin

Liz Collin has been a truth-teller for 20 years as a multi-Emmy-Award-winning reporter and anchor. Liz is a Worthington, Minnesota native who lives in the suburbs with her husband, son and loyal lab.