Dy­ing man told wife ‘this is it’ af­ter sec­ond col­lapse

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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.

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