A young mother died tragically just seconds after meeting her newborn son for the first time.
31-year-old Bernadette Horsey from England suffered a string of medical complications related to her maternity that resulted in a profound, “catastrophic collapse,” an inquest into her death heard.
According to the reports, the exited mom experienced a fatal cardiac arrest at the Royal Derby Hospital just moments after she saw her baby boy for the first time.
As doctors believe, the young woman likely died from amniotic fluid embolism, a health condition referring to debris like fetal cells or hair entering the mother’s pulmonary circulation and causing cardiovascular collapse.
“All diseases have spectrums. Some people have different reactions to it and in this case, it was a profound, catastrophic collapse,” Dr Martyn Traves of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust said.
“There was no way of predicting that. In about 60 seconds we went from relative normality to a catastrophic position. I am certain that this was an amniotic fluid embolism.”
Speaking at the inquest, Traves went on to suggest that no opportunity was missed and that everything in the possibility was done by the doctors to try and save the young mother.
“We reacted quickly to what was happening in front of us. Sadly, I don’t think we could have done anything to change that,” he added.
The court further heard that Horsey’s condition turned fatal in under one minute after she experienced first symptoms of amniotic fluid embolism.
Speaking out was also the woman’s partner, Aaron, who said his wife hadn’t experienced anything unusual throughout her pregnancy. He did note, however, that she feared “dying suddenly” at the hospital for some reason.
“She was scared of what was about to happen,” he said. “…about having a blood clot and dying suddenly.”
Recalling the shocking ordeal that rocked the family, the grieving husband added: “The screen was lowered and he (Tim) was just there. She (Mrs Horsey) said ‘It’s a boy.’ Then the screen was put back up again.
“As I turned back from the screen to look at her, I let her head down on the pillow and as soon as I took my hand out she just slumped towards me. I could not even process what was happening. It was just like this image does not make sense.”
The inquest continues. Our thoughts remain with Bernadette’s loved ones.