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‘Rare events’ ended Haslingden mother’s life
A WOMAN who ‘dreamed of being a mother’ died less than a month after giving birth to her first child after suffering a stroke triggered by a ‘c-section’ wound, an inquest heard.
Hayley Constable, 27, an insurance team leader at a Haslingden firm, was ‘absolutely thrilled’ when son Alfie was born in 2011 – a year after she suffered a miscarriage.
But just one week after leaving hospital with her baby she was rushed back, severe pain – caused by an infection from the scar on her caesarean wound, a coroner’s court was told.
Hayley, of Bolton Street, Ramsbottom, died two weeks later with her family at her bedside after suffering a stroke following a series of medical complications.
At an inquest in Heywood, Hayley’s mother Anne Constable, 52, a health visitor, said: “She was thrilled to become a mum.”
The inquest heard that Hayley had miscarried in February 2010, but found out she was pregnant again that July.
Hayley went into labour in March 2011 and was taken to Fairfield Hospital’s maternity unit, with her partner, Martin Fitzpatrick.
Following a two-day labour, a decision was made to deliver Alfie on March 27 by caesarean section because he was in distress.
The mother and baby spent a further two days in hospital before being allowed home to Ramsbottom and they were said to have been in ‘very good spirits’.
Hayley’s mother said she was breast-feeding and initially appeared to be well. But the inquest heard that five days after she was sent home from hospital Hayley texted her mother to say she had found lumps either side of her C-section scar, which became swollen and painful.
After a home visit by her GP she was prescribed pain killers and antibiotics.
And when the pain became unbearable she was returned to Fairfield Hospital.
Her blood pressure dropped and she became unable to move.
She was transferrred to North Manchester Hospital, where she had surgery on the infection. But afterwards she became short of breath and was put on a ventilator, having contracted acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Hayley was then transferred to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester but never fully recovered, dying on April 22 with her family at her bedside.
Consultant pathologist Dr Alan Padwell said Hayley’s deterioration had been ‘a rare train of events’ and as a consequence she had developed a stroke on the right side of the brain.
Recording a narrative verdict, Rochdale coroner Simon Nelson said: “Hayley died due to a rare but recognised complication of necessary surgical intervention following foetal distress to her unborn child.”
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