Infection after Caesarean killed mum, inquest told

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A young mother died from heart failure brought on by an infection after an emergency Caesarean section, an inquest has been told.

While a post-mortem found 34-year-old Terri-Louise Moore died as a result of a clot on her lung, a doctor caring for the Ballymena woman said he believed an infection was the cause of death.

Mrs Moore ... was 33 weeks pregnant when admitted to Antrim Area Hospital ...

She underwent an emergency Caesarean section and a healthy baby girl was born, but Mrs Moore’s condition deteriorated after the birth and she was given antibiotics for an infection.

... doctors discovered Mrs Moore had a clot on her right ovary — an extremely rare complication — on December 7.

... Doctors began to treat Mrs Moore with a clot busting drug but she ... failed to respond to treatment.

... Dr Lee attributed her death to “a prolonged sepsis” which “caused myocardial suppression” ...

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