Dying man told wife ‘this is it’ after second collapse
A fAther-of-two who collapsed for a second time in a week died after saying to his wife ‘Sara, this is it’, an inquest heard.
Alex Lockyer, 45, from Guildford, passed away in his family home on May 20 after attending his GP three times in one week after initially collapsing while filming his daughter at her school prom.
Pathologist Dr Ashley william fegan-earl told an inquest in woking on tuesday that a post-mortem examination revealed Mr Lockyer had ‘an enlarged heart for his age and build’.
he noted he was a ‘6ft 4-tall gentleman’ and ‘most importantly there was a tear in his aorta’. The aorta is the main artery that carries blood away the your heart to the rest of the body.
A torn aorta, also known as a aortic dissection, occurs when a tear happens in the inner muscle wall. This allows blood to split apart the muscle layers of the aortic wall. Dr fegan-earl said: “we see this in mostly older people so as Mr Lockyer was younger I then have to think of any other outlying conditions that may be relevant.”
It was Dr fegan-earl who was the first to mention the possibility of Marfan syndrome in his post-mortem report. Marfan is a disorder of the connective tissues which maintain the structure of the body and support internal organs.
Characteristics of the syndrome are abnormally long and slender limbs and heart defects.
he later said that ‘while it was not a diagnosis he wanted to mention the possibility so family members could be screened’.
It was revealed on the first day of the inquest at woking Corner’s Court on tuesday (September 5) Mr Lockyer, had felt a central pain in his chest, pins and needles down his arms, a pain in his jaw and had ear ache.
After his initial ‘episode’ he was taken to royal Surrey County hospital (rSCh) where he was discharged a day later, despite concerns raised over the family’s history of heart related illnesses.
Mr Lockyer then visited his GP practice Dapdune house Surgery three times with continued chest pains throughout the week.
on May 20, he collapsed again at his family home and despite his wife, Sara, 44, calling an ambulance and beginning CPr on her husband, he passed away saying the last words of ‘this is it’ to his wife.
During the second day of the inquest it was revealed by an expert witness that Mr Lockyer could have had Marfan Syndrome which was raised in the pathologist report. when Dr George Moncrieff was asked if he would have considered this in Mr Lockyer’s case he said: “[The] report says it is possible. Six foot 4in is unusually tall. It would alert me to the possibility I must say.
he continued that he would ‘like to think he would have given it a fleeting thought’ and mentioned he had ‘diagnosed this syndrome before’.
After the family asked if there was anything more Mrs Lockyer could have done to help her husband, he said: “I don’t think there is anything more she could have done. I think she did everything she could.”
The inquest continues.