Woman who was four months pregnant dies after suddenly fainting in Central office in Hong Kong

She was found unconscious by colleague in the toilet and pronounced dead in hospital

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 11:32pm
UPDATED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 11:33pm

A 40-year-old woman, who was four months pregnant, died in hospital with her unborn child after she suddenly fainted in the toilet of her Central office on Monday morning.

Police said the woman shouted for help when she felt unwell in the third-floor toilet of Henley Building at 5 Queen’s Road Central at about 10.30am.

According to police, upon unlocking the door, her colleague found the woman passed out, and called the police.

Initial investigations by the police showed the woman had already lost consciousness when she was carried into an ambulance.

She was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai, where she was pronounced dead shortly before 12.30pm.

Police said initial investigations found nothing suspicious and that an autopsy would be carried out.

Dr Yu Kai-man, spokesman for the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said diseases in the heart or blood vessels, such as congenital heart disease, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure and main artery tumour could all lead to pregnant women experiencing sudden fainting spells.

Sudden bleeding in large quantities in the abdomen of pregnant women could also lead to deadly consequences, he said. This type of bleeding could be caused by the embryo developing outside the uterus or other problems in her intestines, liver or spleen.

He added that older pregnant women faced higher risks of having such diseases.

“But this doesn’t mean that the death of the woman was caused by her age,” said Yu.