Mother dies after GP says DVT is cramp
Published 16/12/2011 | 07:44
A 29-year-old new mum died from a blood clot hours after her GP told her she had cramps in her leg and gave her painkillers, an inquest has heard
The hearing was also told by a doctor representing the family that he felt the blood clot should have been spotted at an earlier hospital visit.
Alison Taylor - who had complained to doctors and nurses for days after birth about a possible deep vein thrombosis (DVT) died after collapsing at home following seeing family doctor Philip Hussey.
Mrs Taylor's husband Darren told the inquest he was downstairs at their home in Abbotts Close, Syston, Leicestershire while his wife had a bath at about 8.30pm on March 31 last year.
He said: "I heard her shout. I went upstairs. I had our baby daughter Evie with me.
"I ran upstairs with Evie and opened the bathroom door and looked at Alison. She was pale and her lips were blue. "I put Evie in the bedroom and phoned the ambulance."
Mr Taylor said he tried but could not get his wife out of the bath. He said on the way to Leicester Royal Infirmary the ambulance stopped in Ashby Lane.
Mr Taylor said: "A paramedic got out of his car and two of them were working on Alison in the back of the ambulance."
When they got to the hospital they took his wife away and did not allow him to follow. Wiping away tears, Mr Taylor said:
"Later, they came out and told me she was dead." Mr Taylor said his wife had seen four midwives, a hospital doctor, her GP and a trainee GP over a period of 16 days after giving birth to Evie on March 15.
He said: "We DVT all the way through." He said his wife had had an ultrasound test for suspected DVT after she gave birth to their second child, Christopher, in 2004.
Mr Taylor said he and his wife were told that pregnant women were particularly prone to the condition and that it could prove fatal.
He said that despite the test being negative it preyed on his and his wife's mind after she started to complain of pains and swelling in her right leg. Mr Taylor said: "Dr Hussey put it down to cramp-like pain.
He only mentioned DVT when we did. "When we said 'Is it DVT?' he sort of dismissed it.
When you go to the doctor and they say it is okay, you take their word for it, you trust them, don't you?"
Pathologist Lawrence Brown said Mrs Taylor had died of a pulmonary embolism caused by DVT in a leg, which was due to pregnancy.
Dr Jonathan Punt, representing the Taylor family, said the DVT should have been diagnosed on March 20 when she was admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary.
He said registrar Dr Vijay Kumar Kalathy should have sent Mrs Taylor for a blood test and an ultrasound scan after he had seen her with a reported a swelling in her right leg.
Dr Kalathy said he examined her and could not find any swelling or tenderness and was as sure as he could be that she was not suffering from DVT.
He said: "I made my clinical diagnosis on the symptoms she presented." The inquest continues.