Mother collapses and dies in disused hospital stairwell after she took wrong turn while visiting premature son

34-year-old Amanda Cox was still in her pajamas and slippers when she was found at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh after she got lost and collapsed in the disused stairwell


                            Mother collapses and dies in disused hospital stairwell after she took wrong turn while visiting premature son

A new mother died only days after she gave birth when it was reported that she got lost and collapsed in a disused stairwell of a hospital when she was returning to her ward after seeing her premature newborn son.

The 34-year-old, Amanda Cox, was still in her pajamas and slippers when she was found at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh after she gave birth on December 6. It is believed that the mother collapsed on December 10 after taking a wrong turn while returning to her room from the neonatal ward, where she visited her newborn son, Murray.

The Daily Mail reported that the ambitious darts player, who reached the final 32 in the Women's World Masters in 2016, was pronounced dead shortly after she was found. Family friends said that Murray was born weighing only 3lbs 7oz after Cox suffered from pre-eclampsia, which is a serious blood pressure condition that is said to affect some women in the latter stages of their pregnancy.



 

Cox's family in Peebles are said to be devastated by the news and are trying to figure out exactly what happened.

It is also understood that the mother had been suffering from headaches and was supposed to see a specialist at the hospital. Authorities said they were treating her death as unexplained, but not suspicious. An investigation has been launched into the events surrounding her disappearance. Cox was reported as missing around 3 pm on December 10 and was found at 10 pm the same day.

Police Scotland have said that a "sudden death" report has been sent to the procurator fiscal in Edinburgh and a thorough autopsy will be carried out to find the exact cause of death.



 

A family friend said: "Amanda had been suffering headaches even before she had been in the hospital for the birth and was due to see a specialist. Apparently, she was going back to her room for medication but took a wrong turning and came out of the neonatal ward into a disused ward. They think it was a brain hemorrhage or a stroke or heart attack but we will just have to wait on the post-mortem."

The same friend added: "She just had baby Murray last Thursday as a result of having pre-eclampsia. After transferring from Borders General Hospital Murray seems to be doing OK, although he was just 3lb 7oz when born."



 

Former Women's World Masters Champion Deta Hedman posted a note on social media: "Stunned to hear of the passing away of Amanda Cox so young, had many a battle on the oche over the years, my and Paul's condolences to the family. RIP Amanda."

A spokesperson for Darts Scotland said in a statement: "So sad to hear the news that Amanda Cox has passed away. Condolences to her family from all at Darts Scotland."

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (Source: Lisa Jarvis/Geograph/Wikimedia Commons)
The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (Source: Lisa Jarvis/Geograph/Wikimedia Commons)

Police Scotland said in a statement: "We can confirm that missing woman Amanda Cox was discovered collapsed within the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary around 10 pm and passed away a short time later. The death is being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious, and a report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Amanda's family and friends at this time."

Jim Crombie, the NHS Lothian deputy chief executive, said: "My thoughts and sympathies are with the family of Amanda Cox at this sad time. A police investigation is ongoing and we are assisting with their inquiries."