Date
21 July 2017
Ruttonjee Hospital, where a 40-year-old pregnant woman was pronounced dead, will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Police have ruled out foul play. Photo: Wikipedia
Ruttonjee Hospital, where a 40-year-old pregnant woman was pronounced dead, will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Police have ruled out foul play. Photo: Wikipedia

Pregnant woman dies after being found slumped in office restroom

A pregnant woman died in hospital after being found unconscious in an office restroom. 

A colleague found the 40-year-old woman, surnamed Wong, slumped on the floor Monday morning in Henley Building at 5 Queen’s Road Central where the latter worked for an international translation service.

Wong was rushed to Ruttonjee Hospital where she was pronounced dead, along with her unborn child, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.  

An autopsy is pending. 

Investigators ruled out foul play, saying Wong, who was four months pregnant, might have been suffering from a long-term illness.

Apple Daily, quoting the woman’s husband, reports that her pregnancy had been doing well and that she was generally in good health.

Her co-workers said she looked fine when she arrived for work that morning.

Obstetrician Kun Ka-yan said it is rare for a woman who is 16 weeks into her pregnancy to die suddenly.

Most fatal complications occur after the 20th week, he said.

Kun said the victim might have had asymptomatic cardiac or cerebral vascular disease or she could have had an accident and hit her head on the floor.

Older pregnant women, typically 35 years old and above, tend to be more at risk than younger ones, according to a study by Kwong Wah Hospital.

More than one in five Hong Kong women belong to the former category.

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