Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We May Sue Hospital Say Family of Mother Killed by E.coli Bug; Broken Apart: Emmanuel Armah with His Wife Patience, Far Left, and Their Sons Prince, 15, Derrick, 13, Gordon, Five, and Emmanuel, Three. Mr Armah of Mitcham Said: We Are Trying to Get Back to Normal

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We May Sue Hospital Say Family of Mother Killed by E.coli Bug; Broken Apart: Emmanuel Armah with His Wife Patience, Far Left, and Their Sons Prince, 15, Derrick, 13, Gordon, Five, and Emmanuel, Three. Mr Armah of Mitcham Said: We Are Trying to Get Back to Normal

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Byline: DANNY BRIERLEY

THE family of a pregnant mother of four who died suddenly in hospital after developing the deadly E.coli bug are considering legal action.

An inquest heard Patience Armah was "overwhelmed" by septic shock brought on by the bacteria in her womb after her waters broke five months early.

Only hours after developing a mild fever Mrs Armah, 35, who was 20 weeks pregnant, suffered multiple organ failure and died.

The devout Christian, a station officer with Southern Railway, had a history of difficult pregnancies.

Her devastated husband, maths teacher Emmanuel Armah, said after a inquest recorded a narrative verdict: "They said it was so rapid they could not do anything about it. Her death hit us all hard but we are coming to terms with it." Mr Armah and sons Prince, 15, Derrick, 13, Gordon, five, and Emmanuel, three, are now trying to rebuild their lives.

The family, from Mitcham, is also in discussions with lawyers to see if there is a case for compensation. Mr Armah said: "The whole of our family has been destabilised by this, we are still trying to get back to normal as normal as we can be without Patience. …

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