She began fitting in the public waiting area of Hull Crown Court while listening to a ruling over a family legal battle
Hayley Gascoigne, 32, died after she began fitting in the public waiting area of Hull Crown Court on January 26.
Hayley Gascoigne collapsed in court after suffering a cardiac arrest during a family legal battle
She suffered a cardiac arrest while listening to a ruling over a family legal battle.
A damning report into her death by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, as seen by Hull Daily Mail, showed a series of failings by the rapid response vehicle (RRV) paramedic who attended.
The report claims he failed to shock Hayley’s heart with a defibrillator, which was not challenged by the two-strong ambulance crew which arrived later.
CCTV also showed resuscitation did not start until four minutes after a paramedic reach Hayley.
In the report’s conclusion, it states: “The need to defibrillate this patient was paramount, but did not take place, and it is felt that this degree of mismanagement fell far short of the standards expected by both Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the Health and Care Professions Council.”
Hull Coroner’s Court today heard that she may have been saved had it not been for “a lack of action” from paramedics.
Her devastated parents Terry and Kate Gascoigne, who now care for the her four children, said: “Hayley was let down badly by the people whose job it was to help her, and we feel very frustrated and sad about this.
“We are deeply upset by our daughter’s untimely death and miss her very much every day.
“Hayley was a fantastic mother who adored her children.”
A report has found the 32-year-old did not receive treatment for four minutes after a paramedic arrived
Hayley’s parents Terry and Kate Gascoigne say their daughter was ‘let down badly’ when she collapsed in court
The coroner’s court heard a five-person ambulance crew containing David Hinchcliffe, Ray Dean, Jo Houghton, Neil Simms and Gary Long had attended to Miss Gascoigne on January 26 this year.
At the 30-minute pre-inquest review, East Yorkshire Coroner Dr Paul Marks said: “My interpretation of this case is that Hayley died of Hypertensive Heart Disease.
“We are concerned the stress of the court hearing she was involved in released adrenaline and sensitised the heart.
“The root cause of this incident is that the RRV [Rapid Response Vehicle] did not effectively manage the shockable cardiac arrest.
“There was a natural cause of death, but it came unnaturally because of a lack of action.”
The court concluded Hayley died of Hypertensive Heart Disease.
It is the top cause of death associated with high blood pressure – believed to be brought on by stress of the court case.
But a coroner said he will explore how her death could have been prevented if a defibrillator, a device to restart the heart, had been used more effectively.
Speaking about the future inquest, Dr Marks concluded: “We need an expert to determine if the shockable rhythm was treated she could have survived on the balance of probabilities.”
The report also revealed no public access defibrillator was available in the building.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said a defibrillator was expected to be installed at the court centre “by the end of the year”.
A pre-inquest into the 32-year-old’s death will be heard today
Hayley died following the court collapse in January this year
A spokesman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: “Our thoughts are with Hayley Gascgoine’s family following her untimely death in January this year.
“The Trust has completed a full internal investigation into the incident and has met with the family to express our sincere apologies for the ambulance response on that day and to discuss the matter directly with them.”
Hayley’s family, of Scunthorpe, North East Lincs., declined to comment on the details of the preliminary inquest hearing.
A date for the full two-day inquest will be arranged in due course.
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