Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Questions Go Unanswered after Ruling into Mum's Tragic Death

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Questions Go Unanswered after Ruling into Mum's Tragic Death

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Byline: Toni Guillot Reporter

THE family of a mum who died shortly after giving birth is still left with unanswered questions about her death.

Joanne Jones, 35, died from a "massive" blood clot in her lungs during routine surgery to remove her placenta shortly after she delivered Riley Jeff Jo Jones at the University Hospital of North Tees, a month before his due date, on August 14, 2013.

Family members attended an inquest at Teesside Coroners' Court yesterday and say they now want to meet with the hospital's trust for more answers.

Speaking to The Gazette, Joanne's husband, Anthony Jones, said: "There are still questions in our minds which we need answering, and we will not be at peace until that is done. We are now arranging a meeting with the trust, as we feel some areas surrounding Joanne's death have not been addressed fully. We are completely drained by what has happened."

The court heard how Joanne's waters broke during a holiday to Butlins, in Minehead, a month earlier. After a risk assessment carried out at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, showed no immediate threat, Joanne, who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, was transferred by ambulance to North Tees, where medics discharged her on July 29. However three days later, mum-of-three Joanne started bleeding and doctors decided to book her in to be induced for a natural birth.

At the inquest, Mr Santhosh Puthuraya, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at North Tees, said Joanne's delivery process, on August 13, had been a success.

"It is likely that the clots which caused the blockage in her lungs were already in the body at this time, and had dislodged or travelled up to the lungs, during the removal of the placenta."

" When asked if Joanne's cause of death was rare, Mr Puthuraya added: "From my 15 years' experience, I have come across a few cases of surgery to remove the placenta. …

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