My name is John and the subject line is what the ME’s office stated was the cause of death for my 24-year-old daughter, Allison, who passed on 29 DEC 2010.
My wife and I have done some internet research concerning Hashimoto’s and believe we know what it is, a condition that affects the thyroid glands ability to produce hormones.
But first a little background on how the events unfolded…
On Thanksgiving Day 2010, Allison and her husband gave us the joyous news that they were going to have a baby. About 2 weeks later she miscarried. She went through the normal surgery to clean things out and other than some immediate sadness over losing the baby, she quickly recovered.
Allison and her husband debated on whether to go on a company-sponsored trip to Mexico given what had just happened, but with the doctor’s approval, decided to go, (and we were okay with that). When they returned a week later, it seemed Allison was back to normal. The plan was to spend time with her husband’s family over Christmas and we would have Christmas with our daughter over the New Years weekend.
On the evening of the 29th, Allison’s mother-in-law texted her saying she was on her way over with her granddaughter, Allison’s niece. Allison texted her back saying OK. When Mom-in-law arrived, they knocked on the front door, rang the doorbell, and finally went to the rear of the house. Fortunately Allison had left it unlocked and when they entered the house, Allison appeared to be asleep on the couch. When they tried to wake her and she didn’t respond, they called 911 and started CPR…the EMTs continued CPR, as did the hosiptal, but Allison never woke up.
Just as a side note and a nod to my baby girl, she had chosen to be an organ donor, but because it had taken so long, the vital organs weren’t viable anymore so the decision was made to allow her skin and tissue to be used however the hospital saw fit, such as burn victims and the like. I know she’d be proud of that.
An autopsy was done and found nothing. The toxicology report came back with nothing unexpected. The ME’s office performed a histiology which looks cellular structure to try to determine cause of death. 3 months later we get “sudden death associated with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis”.
What? In all my research I’ve found nothing that would warrant that conclusion. But I could be wrong and I’m just looking in the wrong places or not talking to the right people.
My wife and I would like some answers and I’m hoping that someone might be able to help either by providing the answers directly or by steering us the direction we need to be going.
I have a feeling that there will be a lot questions than answers at first, so please bear with me as I have no numbers from Allison’s thyroid test when she was pregnant other than “they were in the “normal” low range”. I am trying to get her medical records and that of the ME’s office, so if I can’t answer right away, I’ll get there as soon as I can.
I thank you all in advance for any info, but especially for letting me vent a little. It makes a world of difference in my everyday attitude.