Grieving dad calls for answers after wife’s sudden death

Bobby Clayton with Ellie-Mae and one-year-old Bobby junior
Bobby Clayton with Ellie-Mae and one-year-old Bobby junior

A YOUNG mum who died five days after giving birth to her second child suffered a massive rupture of an artery, her distraught husband revealed

Today doting Bobby Clayton should have been celebrating his second wedding anniversary.

Tragic Vicky holding baby Ellie-Mae just minutes after giving birth

Tragic Vicky holding baby Ellie-Mae just minutes after giving birth

Instead he is still searching for answers as to what caused the aneurysm to his young wife Vicky who was cruelly snatched away from him on her 33rd birthday.

As he cradled his two young children in his arms distraught Bobby, 27, said: “I just need to know why? Why her? Why us. We had a life together. We had so much. It should have been our anniversary. Now I’m mum and dad to our two children. It’s just not right.”

Vicky collapsed on May 15, her 33rd birthday, after going shopping at Asda in Marina Way, Hartlepool.

She was rushed to hospital, but despite a desperate battle medics were unable to save her.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into her death. But her husband has been told that the probable cause was an aortic aneurysm – a swelling of one of the major blood vessels to the heart which had burst.

Bobby, who is now focused on bringing up Ellie-Mae and her brother Bobby junior – who turned one on the day his mum died – says he is desperate to find out what caused the condition.

Speaking from the family home in Armadale Grove, Hartlepool, Bobby said: “The coroner suggested that there could have been some sort of coronary problem, a blocked artery leading to the heart. But nothing has been confirmed yet, it could be a month when we get an inquest, it could be six months. But I still need answers as to what caused it. I just need to know.

“Vicky had no history of heart problems in her family, she didn’t smoke and didn’t drink. It just doesn’t make sense.

“Five days earlier she had given birth. She was still under the care of the hospital, and was on painkillers for a bad back.”

Bobby, an asbestos worker, added: “If she had been killed in a car crash, or had been battling cancer or something like that, then while it wouldn’t have made it any easier, at least I would know a reason why she died.

“All I have now are a load of questions which need answers.”

Bobby admits he is struggling to come to terms with his grief, and says had it not been for his two children and the support of family and friends, he would have been “in the gutter”.

He added: “It is still all a blur.

“I’ll be looking for something in the house, and I’ll go to ring her and ask where it is.

“I am half-expecting her to walk through the door. I might be sitting there and all of a sudden I’ll wonder where she is. But then I realise I know where she is. She’s in Stranton cemetery.

“I find myself bad on a morning when I get up, but I’ll perk up as the morning goes on as I know I have to sort the kids out with meals and feeds and things like that. But then later in the day, I’ll dip again and start to get upset.

“I’m a private person, I don’t want people to see me upset and crying.

“I grieve on my own. I’ll look through the photo albums, I sit looking at pictures on her mobile phone.

“But it’s tough. The kids are keeping me going, and my sister Vicky is round virtually every day to help. Everyone has been great, my mates have been ringing and asking to me go out, people are always asking how things are and had it not been for them I’d be in the gutter.

“I’ll get the kids ready in the buggy and take them round to the cemetery and we’ll light candles and put flowers down at Vicky’s grave.

“It’s funny when I think about it, I’ve probably bought more flowers for Vicky in the last three weeks than I have in the eight years we were together.

“She’s probably looking down at me and shouting ‘is this what I have to do to make you buy me flowers?’

“Things like that make me smile and laugh, but then I’ll think of something else and break down in tears.

“But there isn’t a rule on how to grieve is there?

“I’m just doing it my own way, and trying to get on with things as best I can.”