A MUM died after breaking her leg in a half-marathon – which doctors missed three times and sent her home with paracetamol, an inquest heard.
Sarah-Jayne Roche’s injury was misdiagnosed as a pulled hamstring before she died of a suspected heart attack 12 days after the race.
Sarah-Jayne Roche, pictured with husband Steven, died from cardiac arrest after breaking her femur bone during a half-marathon[/caption]
The 39-year-old was sent away from hospital three times, the inquest heard, after she was forced to pull out of the Cardiff Half.
Sarah-Jayne, who had two sons aged 12 and eight, was running to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease after her father Alan was diagnosed with the illness.
But at the seven-mile point in the race with her husband Steven, 42, she felt “a shooting pain up her leg” and came to a halt.
An inquest heard Sarah-Jayne was checked over by St John’s ambulance workers who diagnosed a pulled hamstring.
On the first visit to hospital – the day of the race on October 7, 2018 – Sarah-Jayne was told to “apply some ice and take ibuprofen and paracetamol.”
Steven said: “She found it very difficult to get it in and out of the car and she needed a wheelchair.”
The following day she went in again and was prescribed stronger painkillers and told to “try a hot water bottle” instead of ice.
At a scheduled appointment on October 12, she was referred for physio before going back to hospital on October 16 “in absolute agony”.
The inquest heard Sarah-Jayne Roche was not sent for an X-ray until that final visit to A&E – when deep vein thrombosis had already set in.
Steven said: “They did a small operation to straighten out her leg as much as possible and booked her for the operation on the Friday afternoon.”
On the afternoon after the procedure, her family were told she had suffered from a cardiac arrest during the operation and died.
A post mortem examination found Sarah-Jayne had a blood clot in the right coronary artery, a clot in the left calf and femoral vein.
Her medical cause of death was pulmonary embolism with deep vein thrombosis and a fractured femur.
The court heard immobility was a significant factor in the development of “fairly large” blood clots.
The inquest continues.
Steven previously said: “As upset as I feel, I feel more aggrieved for our two boys.
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“Robbed is probably the best word.
“At least I had 18 years with her, whereas they are not going to have their good times, be that going through school, my first whatever – she’s not going to be there.”
A spokeswoman for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board said in May: “While we cannot comment on the circumstances of individual cases, we were deeply saddened by the passing of Mrs Roche and our thoughts remain with her family at this difficult time.”
The beloved mum-of-two was told the shooting pain in her legs were a pulled hamstring[/caption]
Sarah-Jayne suffered a cardiac arrest during an hour-long operation[/caption]
The 39-year-old leaves behind two boys and her husband Steven[/caption]
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