'My wife died of a broken heart': Husband's grief as wife dies five hours after daughter is stillborn
16:54 GMT, 15 October 2012
A mother died of a broken heart after her daughter was stillborn, her husband has claimed.
Darren Clift, 41, said his wife Lindsay was so devastated by the death of their daughter that she died just five hours after giving birth to their first child, Katy May.
Mrs Clift, 29, from Bilston in the West Midlands, was due to give birth last month.
Lindsay Clift died five hours after her daughter Katy May was stillborn. Her husband Darren believes she died of a broken heart
But when the baby still hadn’t arrived 12 days after the due date, Mr Clift took his wife to Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital to be induced.
Tragically, doctors induced labour but discovered Katy May had died in the womb.
Mrs Clift cradled her daughter in her arms minutes after she was stillborn. Shortly afterwards she passed out and never regained consciousness.
Despite desperate attempts to revive Mrs Clift, who worked as a mobile hairdresser, she died five hours later of apparent blood loss.
Mr Clift said: ‘There was no reason to think anything was going to go wrong that day. She walked in there fit and healthy.
The couple had wanted to start a family since they met seven years ago. They discovered they were expecting their first child after marrying last May
‘She seemed to just pass out. To my mind, once Katy May had gone it was almost as if Lindsay wanted to go as well.
‘In my view she was so heartbroken that she wanted to be with our longed-for baby.
‘For them to not find an instant cause of death, it sort of strengthens my feeling, even if it’s not possible medically, that she made the decision to go.
Just five hours after her daughter's death, Mrs Clift, who was fit and healthy, inexplicably passed away. She had suffered severe blood loss
'I was there, I saw the fight go out of her. The hospital staff were brilliant and they did everything they could.’
Mr Clift paid tribute to his ‘beautiful, stunning and warm’ wife.
The pair met in 2005 at his place of work before marrying in May last year in Wolverhampton.
‘Lindsay was just a warm and easy person to be with,' he said. 'There was never a bad patch. We just wanted the same things in life.’
An inquest into Mrs Clift's death on September 26 has been opened and adjourned.