Call for pregnancy heart check

A mother has called for pregnant women in Wales to be scanned for a rare condition which caused the death of her daughter, just weeks after she had given birth to a baby son.

Mother with heart condition had just weeks with son

by Richard Morgan

A grieving mother has called for pregnant women in Wales to be scanned for a rare condition which caused the death of her daughter, just weeks after she had given birth to a baby son.

Hannah-Michelle Browne from Pontypool was 21 when she died of Peripartum cardiomyopathy, which is a type of heart failure.

Her family have paid tribute to medics who kept her alive long enough to spend some precious moments with her child before she died.

'Simple scan' would save other families from 'heartache'

Hannah's mother Michelle Browne is calling for all pregnant women to have a scan for Peripartum cardiomyopathy - the rare heart condition which killed her daughter.

She said: "if I can save one person out of all of this, it would mean so much, because then they wouldn't have to go through the heartache that we have had to go through as a family."

She said all is needed is "a simple scan - that would cost about £40-£60 - that would pick it up."

Advertisement

Heart check call after mother died weeks after birth

The family of a young mother who died from a rare heart condition is campaigning for all pregnant women to be checked for the problem.

Hannah Michelle-Browne was 21 when she died. Credit: Press People

Hannah-Michelle Browne, from Pontypool, died from Peripartum cardiomyopathy - a type of heart failure - just five weeks after her son was born.

Medics kept Hannah alive long enough to spend precious moments with her baby son, Gerwyn. Credit: Press People