An Antiques Roadshow expert died after being restrained by a paramedic while suffering severe post-natal depression, just five weeks after giving birth to her first child.
Sotheby’s jewellery expert Alice Gibson-Watt died in hospital after a bout of postpartum psychosis, which is known to cause hallucinations and paranoia.
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The postmortem revealed the 34-year-old, who had just given birth to her first daughter Chiara Charlotte in October 2012, died of a brain injury as result of a cardiac arrest and also suffered a ruptured liver.
A jury inquest at West London Coroners Court will now examine whether the restraint or CPR caused the liver damage and what killed her.
At a pre-inquest review this week Jonathan Holl-Allen, representing the family, said: ‘The family suggest the principle purpose of the investigation is the cardiac arrest.
‘It seems that (an expert) can express an opinion on the role of CPR in the causation of the liver injury which was sustained.
‘We do know it’s recognised that resuscitation can cause a liver injury of this nature.
‘My concern is that if the scope of the inquest is to be as broad as that we run the risk of hearing a great deal of evidence about restraint without having an evidential basis linking that restraint to the liver injury that was restrained.’
But senior coroner Chinyere Inyama said it might be appropriate for the jury to hear the evidence on restraint and make up their own minds.
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He said: ‘We should be hearing evidence around the restraint episodes from the LAS and police before admission to hospital.’
Mrs Gibson-Watt, nee Alice Amaryllis Montague Douglas Scott, is the third cousin of the Duke of Buccleuch, the largest landowner in Scotland.
A Sotheby’s jewellery expert who first appeared on the Antiques Roadshow in 2010, she suffered an episode at her Fulham home and was taken to West Middlesex University Hospital, in west London.
Mrs Gibson-Watt was transferred to a specialist mental health Lakeside, in Isleworth, and suffered a cardiac arrest and returned to the West Middlesex.
She was then moved to Kings College Hospital, Camberwell, south east London, where she died on November 20, 2012.
A source close to the case said: ‘Restraint was considered an issue but it doesn’t look like it is now. But she did have a liver injury.
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‘Was that from the CPR, from the ambulance personnel or from the restraint?’
Postpartum psychosis, causes a severe and sudden bout of mental illness and affects one in 1,000 mums.Â In the UK more than 1,400 women are treated for the symptoms, including paranoia and hallucinations, each year.
The inquest is set to take place next year.