New mother, 34, found dead after going missing for seven hours in hospital when she took wrong turn

A new mother was found dead in a disused hospital ward seven hours after going missing.

Amanda Cox was still in her pyjamas and slippers when she was discovered at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after giving birth last Thursday.

It is understood the 34-year-old collapsed on Monday after taking a wrong turn when returning to her room from the neonatal ward, where she was thought to be visiting her newborn son.

The keen darts player, who in 2016 reached the final 32 in the Women’s World Masters, was pronounced dead shortly after being found.

Amanda Cox, pictured here with husband Michael, is understood the 34-year-old collapsed to have taken a wrong turn when returning to her room from the neonatal ward

Amanda Cox, pictured here with husband Michael, is understood the 34-year-old collapsed to have taken a wrong turn when returning to her room from the neonatal ward

Amanda Cox, pictured here with husband Michael, is understood the 34-year-old collapsed to have taken a wrong turn when returning to her room from the neonatal ward

Family friends said she gave birth to her son Murray last Thursday. 

He was born weighing 3lb 7oz after Mrs Cox suffered from pre-eclampsia, a serious blood pressure condition which affects some women in the latter stages of pregnancy.

It is understood she had been suffering from headaches and was due to see a specialist at the hospital.

Police said they were treating Amanda Cox's (pictured) death as unexplained but not suspicious 

Police said they were treating Amanda Cox's (pictured) death as unexplained but not suspicious 

Police said they were treating Amanda Cox’s (pictured) death as unexplained but not suspicious 

Police said they were treating her death as unexplained but not suspicious.

Officers have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her disappearance. 

She was reported missing around 3pm on Monday and was found at 10pm the same day.

Police Scotland said a ‘sudden death’ report had been sent to the procurator fiscal in Edinburgh and a full post-mortem examination would be carried out to determine the cause of death.

Mrs Cox’s family in Peebles were unavailable for comment about her death. 

They were said to be devastated at the news and trying to establish exactly what had happened.

A family friend said: ‘Amanda had been suffering headaches even before she had been in hospital for the birth and was due to see a specialist.

‘Apparently she was going back to her room for medication but took a wrong turning and came out of the neonatal ward into a disused ward.

‘They think it was a brain haemorrhage or a stroke or heart attack but we will just have to wait on the post-mortem.’

The friend added: ‘She just had baby Murray last Thursday as a result of having pre-eclampsia.

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‘After transferring from Borders General Hospital Murray seems to be doing OK, although he was just 3lb 7oz when born.’

Amanda Cox, 34, who was a keen darts player (pictured), was still in her pyjamas and slippers when she was discovered at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after giving birth last Thursday

Amanda Cox, 34, who was a keen darts player (pictured), was still in her pyjamas and slippers when she was discovered at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after giving birth last Thursday

Amanda Cox, 34, who was a keen darts player (pictured), was still in her pyjamas and slippers when she was discovered at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after giving birth last Thursday

Former Women’s World Masters champion Deta Hedman posted on social media: ‘Stunned to hear of the passing away of Amanda Cox so young, had many a battle on the oche over the years, my and Paul’s condolences to the family. RIP Amanda.’

Hundreds of others also paid tribute to the 34-year-old and gave their condolences to the family on social media.

One person said: ‘So sad. Much love to her family and friends.’

And another said: ‘So tragic R.I.P thoughts with her family at this sad time.’

A spokesman for Darts Scotland said: ‘So sad to hear the news that Amanda Cox has passed away. 

‘Condolences to her family from all at Darts Scotland.’

Amanda Cox was still in her pyjamas and slippers when she was discovered at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (pictured) after giving birth last Thursday

Amanda Cox was still in her pyjamas and slippers when she was discovered at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (pictured) after giving birth last Thursday

Amanda Cox was still in her pyjamas and slippers when she was discovered at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (pictured) after giving birth last Thursday

Police Scotland said: ‘We can confirm that missing woman Amanda Cox was discovered collapsed within the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary around 10pm and passed away a short time later.

‘The death is being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious, and a report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal.

‘Our thoughts and sympathies are with Amanda’s family and friends at this time.’

NHS Lothian deputy chief executive Jim Crombie said: ‘My thoughts and sympathies are with the family of Amanda Cox at this sad time.

‘A police investigation is ongoing and we are assisting with their inquiries.’

What is pre-eclampsia?

Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition of pregnancy, and can be particularly dangerous because many of the signs are silent, while some symptoms resemble ‘normal’ effects of pregnancy. 

Symptoms include high blood pressure; swelling around the face, eyes or hands; headaches; nausea or vomiting; changes in vision; and shortness of breath.

Pre-eclampsia is detectable through regular medical appointments that measure blood pressure, protein in the urine and weight gain. It is treated via medication and dietary changes.  

The condition typically occurs after 20 weeks of gestation and up to six weeks postpartum (after delivery), but it can also occur earlier than 20 weeks.

Pre-eclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are believed to be responsible for 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year across the world.

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