Sunday, 19 April 2009

Policewoman who collapsed in labour died of natural causes, coroner rules

Woman pregnant with twins collapsed in hospital toilet after labour started and amniotic fluid entered her bloodstream
A policewoman who collapsed in a hospital toilet while in labour with twins died of natural causes, a coroner ruled today.
Sarah Underhill, 37, whose babies were conceived through IVF treatment, collapsed on 5 October last year after going to the toilet at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.
A postmortem examination revealed that the Thames Valley police neighbourhood officer died after labour started and amniotic fluid entered her bloodstream.
Her babies had been due to be induced the following day, in her 36th week of pregnancy, as she was suffering from pre-eclampsia, a condition that causes high blood pressure, Oxford coroner's court heard.
The Oxfordshire coroner, Nicholas Gardiner, said: "The twins were successfully delivered but sadly she went into a cardiac arrest from which she could not be retrieved."

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