New mum killed by rare illness

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A YOUNG mum tragically died from a massive heart rupture on her birthday just days after giving birth to her second child.

Vicky Clayton, who collapsed in Asda car park, in Hartlepool, almost a year ago, died after a tear in the main blood vessel in her heart ruptured.

An inquest heard how death in new mums from heart ruptures are extremely rare with just five out of over two million cases recorded according to latest figures.

Vicky tragically died on her 33rd birthday after collapsing in Asda car park in Marina Way, Hartlepool, on May 15 last year.

She had just been shopping in the store with her children, mum Elizabeth and sister Leanne and began to feel unwell.

She was struggling to remember things and had pains in her back.

Vicky had given birth to daughter Ellie Mae at the University Hospital of North Tees five days earlier.

Her husband Bobby Clayton, 28, believes the tear in her heart happened when she gave birth but medics said they could not be sure exactly when it happened, but said it was linked to her pregnancy.

Bobby said after yesterday’s inquest: “I came here looking for answers and I’m glad I’ve got something.

“Vicky didn’t do anything strenuous after she gave birth so I think it happened when she was giving birth.

“The hospital could have given her more checks instead of rushing her straight out the door.”

Bobby, an asbestos supervisor of Armadale Grove, Hartlepool, was left devastated by Vicky’s death and said the only thing that has kept him strong is his two children, one year old Bobby junior and Ellie Mae.

Dr Jan William Lowe, consultant pathologist at the University Hospital of North Tees, said: “We are left with a condition relating to pregnancy which is extremely rare.

“In my 30 years as a consultant pathologist this is the first case I have seen.”

Vicky died despite the best efforts of paramedics who took her first to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton and later to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where they tried to operate.

Vicky was also celebrating her son Bobby junior’s first birthday on the day she died.

The inquest heard she had no history of heart problems in her family and did not smoke.

She worked at Sedgefield-based plant hire firm Kramer before leaving to have her first child.

Teesside Coroner Michael Sheffield recorded a verdict that Vicky died of natural causes.

He said: “It’s a sad story that Mrs Clayton should lose her life in this way so soon after giving birth to her second child.

“But it’s from the evidence, particularly that of Dr Lowe, the consultant pathologist, that the medical cause of death was a ruptured dissected aneurism of the ascending aorta.

“This is a naturally occurring event.”