Wrexham man's heart could not cope any longer

Published date: 14 February 2014 |
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A YOUNG Wrexham man died when a blood clot reached his heart, an inquest heard.

Twenty-year-old Nathan Cambridge had been diagnosed as suffering from a chest infection for about three months before his GP had him rushed into hospital.

Within an hour it was found a clot had moved from his leg to his heart.

A hearing in Ruthin yesterday was told that Nathan, a keen musician, had first complained of breathlessness in June, 2012, and visited the A&E unit at the Maelor Hospital about three times.

His father, Jason Cambridge, of Marsh Crescent, Wrexham, said that on each occasion he was prescribed antibiotics for a chest infection.

His condition fluctuated but then deteriorated in September, so saw the out-of-hours doctor who gave him stronger antibiotics.

A couple of days later, however, his GP examined him and had him taken at once to hospital, where a scan revealed the clot.

Dr Neil McAndrew told the inquest that he was prescribed blood-thinning medication but Nathan died on October 1.

Dr McAndrew said he suspected that his heart could not cope any longer.

Asked by John Gittins, the coroner for North Wales East and Central, whether, with hindsight, anything more could have been done, the doctor said he did not believe so.

He said it was unusual for such young people to die of clots and he had seen one other case since Nathan's death.

The coroner recorded a conclusion of death from natural causes.

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