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Liver tear death remains a mystery
MYSTERY surrounds what caused a mum to suffer a tear in her liver which slowly bled into her abdomen resulting in her death, an inquest heard.
Jennifer Orchard collapsed at her Dibden home after complaining of feeling unwell. Despite attempts to resuscitate her she was pronounced dead at Southampton General Hospital.
Southampton Coroners Court heard the post-mortem examination revealed that the 62-year-old, of Ashburton Close, had a large amount of blood in her abdomen, which had come from a laceration in her liver. Pathologist Sanjay Jogai told the hearing that it is possible that this tear happened a “day or two” before her death and with evidence of a bruise on her scalp, was caused but some kind of blunt trauma.
As Mrs Orchard had not informed her family of any fall or incident in the days before her death, Dr Jogai said it would be impossible to find out what exactly caused the laceration. He added that the loss of blood, along with the loss of fluid caused by vomiting and diarrhoea, all contributed to her death.
The court also heard from her family who asked whether the slow bleeding would have been spotted if she had been taken to hospital the first time an ambulance was called at 1am on January 8, instead of waiting until 7pm that evening when she was admitted.
Coroner Keith Wiseman told the family he would record a determination of accidental death but that he would write to South Central Ambulance Service to find out what happened on the two occasions they were called out.
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