Pregnant woman, 22, and unborn baby died after blood clot travelled to her lung

A pregnant woman aged 22 died along with her unborn baby after a blood clot travelled to her lung.

Tragic Victoria Ramage collapsed as she was about to have breakfast with her family grandparents’ house in Dalmellington, Ayrshire, in March.

Victoria, who was 14 weeks from her due date , was rushed to hospital where doctors performed emergency surgery.

But despite the medics’ best efforts, she and her unborn child, named Abel by her grieving partner John McRobert, both died.

She was buried with Abel in her arms.

Now her heartbroken family want to raise awareness of a simple blood test for pregnant women called the D-dimer which they believe could have saved Victoria’s life.

Victoria Ramage
The baby was named Abel by her grieving partner John McRobert (Photo: Daily Record)

Her grandfather Alex Knox, 67, said: “The test isn’t definitive but it can highlight the level of risk.

“They say all pregnant women are risk assessed but nobody ever mentioned this to Victoria.

“We want every pregnant woman to be tested.

“I’m confident if Victoria had been tested early on in her pregnancy, she and her baby would be alive. It hurts greatly to think this could have saved their lives.”

The D-dimer detects pieces of blood clot that have been broken down and are loose in the bloodstream, reports the Daily Record.

Blood clots cause thousands of deaths every year, with pregnant women more at risk of deep vein thrombosis, partly because of the increase in blood-clotting cells.

Victoria and John had been about to have breakfast when she collapsed.

Her heart stopped several times in the ambulance en route to hospital, where doctors decided the best hope was to deliver Abel by emergency section.

Alex, who says Victoria’s death has already potentially saved two lives of pregnant women who went to get checked out after hearing about her story, said: “The message needs to be clearer.

Victoria Ramage
Alex and Annie at Victoria’s grave In Dalmellington Cemetery (Photo: Daily Record)

“The only reason we’re doing this is to stop anyone else going through what we are.”

Victoria, who lived with her grandparents, was buried with Abel tucked in her arm.

Alex added: “Our house is where she was her happiest. Victoria and my wife Annie were best pals.”

The family’s constituency MSP Jeane Freeman, who represents Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, said: “I’m in discussions with the Scottish Government on how awareness can be raised and whether there is value in screening blood tests for pregnant women.

“The discussions will make sure the risk assessments are as good as they can be and take account of situations like Victoria’s that can’t necessarily be accurately assessed because you don’t know what the family history is or there is no family history.”

Victoria Ramage
Victoria and her partner John before she died from heart complications while pregnant (Photo: Daily Record)

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “This is clearly a distressing case and our sympathies and condolences are with Victoria’s family.


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