Young mother-to-be dies suddenly in Finsbury Park

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A young mother-to-be died suddenly despite having no underlying medical conditions, an inquest heard on February 13.

Mucessem Bahcetepe, 28, of Woodberry Grove in Finsbury Park was 20 weeks pregnant and alone when she died at her home on Septemeber 11 2014.

The inquest at Poplar Coroner’s Court, heard that her husband had returned home to find Mrs Bahcetepe collapsed and called an ambulance.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate her but she was pronounced dead.

Pathologist Professor Sebastian Lucas, who carried out a post-mortem examination on Mrs Bahcetepe, reported she had died from blood vessel damage due to a subarachnoid haemorrhage – a rare form of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain.

In his report, Dr Lucas said there was no evidence of an aneurysm and the cause for the haemorrhage is unclear.

Coroner Dr Richard Brittain said: “It seems clear Mrs Bahcetepe had no underlying medical issues and she had a relatively uncomplicated pregnancy apart from an ovarian cyst which she had removed successfully.”

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Dr Brittain ruled the operation to remove the cyst three weeks before she died had not been related to her cause of death.

Dr Brittain recorded a narrative verdict that Mrs Bahcetepe died of natural causes after developing a spontaneous, unpredictable haemorrhage with no clear underlying cause.

He said: “My condolences go to her family; she died at such a young age in such tragic circumstances.”

Subarachnoid haemorrhages can happen at any age but are most common in people aged between 45 and 70. More women than men are affected and about half of all cases are fatal.

Subarachnoid haemorrhages account for around one in every 20 strokes in the UK.