Hospital apologises to family of a mother, 21, who died FOUR DAYS after giving ...

A hospital has apologised to the family of a dead mother who could have survived if doctors spotted her undiagnosed heart condition.

Selwa Romedan, 21, was found to have narrowing of a valve in her heart after she collapsed and died in September 2016.

In the days before her death, after giving birth to daughter Sadenselwa, she suffered chest pains and shortness of breath.

She was told by staff at St James's Hospital, in Leeds, that she was tired and was sent home to rest after having a blood transfusion for anemia. 

But, in the early hours of September 25, four days after giving birth, Miss Romedan collapsed in the arms of her partner, Muhanad Adem, after saying she 'was dying'.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has now apologised to Miss Romedan's family and said the young mother may have survived had her condition been diagnosed. 

St James's Hospital in Leeds has apologised to the family of a mother who could have been saved from a heart condition that killed her four days after giving birth

St James's Hospital in Leeds has apologised to the family of a mother who could have been saved from a heart condition that killed her four days after giving birth

In the early hours of September 25, 2016, Miss Romedan collapsed after telling her partner, Muhanad Adem, pictured, she 'was dying'. She was a new mother to Sadenswala, pictured

In the early hours of September 25, 2016, Miss Romedan collapsed after telling her partner, Muhanad Adem, pictured, she 'was dying'. She was a new mother to Sadenswala, pictured

Miss Romedan had mitral valve stenosis, which may show no symptoms for years but is triggered by stress on the body such as pregnancy. 

Dr Yvette Oade, acting chief executive at the Trust, said: 'Miss Romedan died in tragic circumstances in 2016 due to complications from an undiagnosed serious heart condition that remained asymptomatic during her pregnancy and subsequent delivery.

'At the time, we undertook a serious incident investigation to help us understand the cause and identify learning from this.

'This concluded that, if the condition had been diagnosed earlier, then treatment would have been provided for this.

'Had this procedure been performed then Miss Romedan may have survived.

'We understand the deep pain caused to Miss Romedan's partner and family and reiterate our sincere apologies and condolences for their loss.'

Miss Romedan's partner, Muhanad Adem, described his pain at knowing the mother of his child could have survived. 

He said: 'It makes it worse knowing that they could have done something to save her. We came here to be safe and I put my trust in them.'

The couple, who fled from Eritrea, north Africa, settled in Leeds after being granted asylum in the UK.

Mr Adem, 29, said his daughter's birth was the happiest day of their lives.

He said: 'I cried with happiness when Saden was born and she was put in my arms.'

But less than a day after being sent home, Miss Romedan was taken back to St James's Hospital by ambulance suffering shortness of breath and was diagnosed with anemia and given a blood transfusion.

She was discharged the following day but her symptoms returned. The hospital's maternity assessment unit advised that she was probably just tired and told her to rest.

She collapsed in the early hours of September 25,

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