A 23-YEAR-OLD woman has tragically died aged just 23 after suffering two cardiac arrests.
Beth Griffin was one of the youngest people to receive a heart transplant — she underwent the surgery in 1999 when she was just six months old.
But she tragically died in September last year after suffering from chest pains, shortness of breath and dizziness.
Leeds Live reported An examination of the nurse revealed that she was taken to Freeman Hospital on August 21, 2022 and treated for pneumonia.
Although she was able to return home a few days later, she was taken to Leeds General Infirmary. Doctors discovered that she had been suffering from triple vessel disease — an extreme form of coronary artery disease, which occurs when the large blood vessels that supply the heart become damaged and become ill.
She was then taken to the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, but tragically suffered two cardiac arrests there.
Beth could not be saved.
Tributes have since been paid for the young woman as the inquest concluded that she had died of natural causes.
At the time of Beth’s death, her mother Louise wrote, “There are simply no words to explain everyone’s love for Bethany, but especially me, her mother. I’m just broken.”
“Beth was the bravest, the strongest, the kindest, the funniest, and at times the most boring — in a way that made us all laugh — but she truly is the most beautiful girl ever.”
“She was just too good for this world, Beth will always be loved and never forgotten.”
HOW TO SAVE A LIFE What is the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest?
HEART problems, such as cardiac arrest, are often unanticipated and can occur at any moment.
Cardiac arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest, occurs when your heart suddenly stops pumping blood around your body.
Someone who has suffered cardiac arrest will collapse unconscious.
Their breathing will be irregular and may stop, and they will not respond.
When cardiac arrest occurs, there is no time to lose, it is a life-threatening emergency and calling an ambulance is vital.
While waiting for an ambulance, performing CPR can help keep a person alive.
To perform CPR:
- Perform chest compressions by pumping the heart from outside the body to keep blood flowing until the ambulance arrives
- Rescue breaths – mouth-to-mouth breaths to inflate the lungs
What is a heart attack?
A heart attack occurs when one of the coronary arteries is blocked.
The heart muscle is then deprived of vital oxygen-rich blood, which if left untreated can lead to the death of the heart muscle.
A heart attack is a life-threatening emergency.
If you think someone is suffering from a medical condition, it is important to dial 999 immediately.
She later thanked the doctors for doing everything they could to care for her daughter.
The mother added: “A mother of a 23-year-old shouldn’t be there but as the coroner said today I’ve done my daughter proud.”
Coroner James Thompson said, “Beth’s death was completely natural as she died of a naturally occurring illness which unfortunately in her case ran its full course.”