in memory of Claire Bray
26.2 miles rowing event at Eagle Meadows, Wrexham
Sat 26 November 16
A grieving mother is campaigning to raise awareness of deep vein thrombosis which killed her daughter at the age of just 22.
Michelle Martin, who lost her daughter Claire in 2010, said the condition, also known as DVT, is a "silent killer" and has urged people to look out for the symptoms.
Claire developed symptoms of breathlessness and nearly passed out a couple of times before she sought medical help.
Given painkillers and sent home
Michelle, who lives in Wrexham and works in Sandycroft in Flintshire, said: "It got so bad she phoned the out-of-hours doctor and asked me to drive her there. When we got there she struggled to walk from the car to the hospital door.
"When she did see the doctor and explained her symptoms he listened to her chest and basically told her she had an inflammation of the chest wall and prescribed ibuprofen and paracetamol and sent her home.
"For the next three weeks the symptoms continued but on the Easter weekend of 2010 she came with us to have a curry at my parents’ house and we all said she looked a lot better."
But the following Wednesday Michelle arrived home from work to be told the police were looking for her.
She said: "Claire had passed away in her sleep. The coroner contacted me and told me she had died from a pulmonary embolism which was a blood clot that had travelled up from her leg."
Claire had never flown
Michelle has researched DVT but found there was little information in the public domain.
She said: “When I Googled it there was next to nothing except lots of stuff about how you could develop a DVT on long-haul flights or if you were over 40. Well Claire hadn’t flown and she was only 22.
"I then came across the Lifeblood Charity, which is now known as Thrombosis UK, and was shocked to find how much DVT affected people who had not flown and were under 40.
"The number of people who get a DVT is incredibly high and shouldn’t be ignored.
"As a result over the last six years I have been involved in supporting Thrombosis UK spreading awareness to prevent another family going through what myself and my family have been through."
Fundraising event in her memory
Accountant Michelle, 46, is now organising a charity event in aid of Thrombosis UK at Eagles Meadow shopping centre in Wrexham on Saturday, November 26.
Two fitness instructors, Kieron Timbers and Iain Ankers-Phillips, who run the Boxercise Bootcamp classes that Michelle attends, will be rowing the equivalent of a marathon – 26 miles each – on rowing machines.
Michelle, Iain and Kieron have set up a JustGiving page which can be found at www.justgiving.com/account/your-pages/Boxercise-bootcamp-Wrexham.