Mum killed by blood clot, just hours after giving birth

TRAGIC ... Joanne with Connie (left) and Millie. Below, grieving Anthony with the girls and new arrival Riley.

TRAGIC ... Joanne with Connie (left) and Millie. Below, grieving Anthony with the girls and new arrival Riley.

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A MUM suffered a blood clot and tragically died just hours after giving birth to her beautiful baby boy.

Today Joanne Jones’ family say they have still been left with unanswered questions about her death.

Anthony Jones with his daughters Connie (left) and Millie, and new arrival Riley. Anthony's partner Joanne died hours after giving birth to Riley at North Tees Hospital.

Anthony Jones with his daughters Connie (left) and Millie, and new arrival Riley. Anthony's partner Joanne died hours after giving birth to Riley at North Tees Hospital.

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

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

Speaking to The Gazette, Joanne’s husband Anthony 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 induce her for a natural birth.

At the inquest, Mr Santhosh Puthuraya, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at North Tees, said Joanne’s delivery process 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. However I have not come across a case as severe as Mrs Jones’.”

Dr Vijay Kulmar Jagannathan, a consultant in critical care, added: “Although Joanne had a normal labour, she had lost around 1.5 litres of blood. During the removal of the placenta, she suffered a cardiac arrest.”

She was taken to intensive care and put on a ventilator. Despite several attempts to stop the blood from clotting in the lungs, Joanne suffered a final fatal heart attack and could not be resuscitated.

A post-mortem examination revealed Joanne, from Hartlepool, died from a fragmented pulmonary embolism of the main artery in both lungs, caused by a blood clot in the deep veins in her pelvic and thigh area.

Pathologist Dr Lowe described the blockage as “a recent occurrence” which he said had not been present “for days, or weeks.”

Recording a narrative verdict, acting senior coroner Claire Bailey told Joanne’s family she accepted the evidence heard in court.

“My conclusion is that Joanne passed away as a result of recognised complications of pregnancy, childbirth and necessary surgical intervention.”

A spokesperson for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said: “As with all tragic incidents of this nature, the trust has vigorously investigated the circumstances of Joanne Jones’ death. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Joanne’s family.”