A 29-year old mother with a rare condition suffered a fatal heart attack after being told that her first child was stillborn.
An inquest into the death of Lindsay Clift revealed that she was suffering from a rare condition, known as amniotic fluid embolism, which affects one in 200,000 mothers.
AdvertisementLindsay collapsed in a delivery suite at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton after being told that her newborn baby, Katy May was still born.
Appearing as a witness in the inquest, pathologist Dr Adrian Yoong revealed that he found traces of skin cells and fragments of hair in a number of blood vessels in Lindsay's lungs. "Sometimes material comes off the baby into the blood including skin cells and so on. The only source could have been the amniotic fluid. We can say fairly surely that the finding in the lung suggests not only an embolism, but that it was also the cause of death. This lady, for whatever reason developed an amniotic fluid embolism and unfortunately died from it", he said.