Doctors dispute Delaware student’s cause of death Jen Rini, The News Journal
“Atrial septal defect is not a cause of sudden death,” said Dr. Samuel Gidding, chief of cardiology for Nemours/A.I duPont Hospital for Children.
Gidding was adamant that the investigative and media’s focus should be on Joyner-Francis’s assault, not her heart condition, repeating that he has never heard of any cases of atrial septal defect causing sudden cardiac death.
Even “if “there was no intent to kill the Howard Student by hee female attacker ; the facts remains she died! It was murder or at best manslaughter.
The Attorney General’s Office would not address the doctors’ contentions Friday. It stands by the medical examiner’s findings and its charging decisions.
Very sad Matt !
“As indicated when charges were filed, the autopsy did not detect any internal injuries or significant blunt force injuries,” a statement by the AG’s Office reads, “and the medical examiner’s office that actually examined Amy ruled that it was as a result of her cardiac condition.”
Not Commotio cordis ?
The Cincinnati cardiologist said that to rule a heart defect as a cause of death, a medical examiner should call in an expert in the particular defect. The medical examiner would not answer questions about the investigation so it is not known whether an expert was involved.
A spokeswoman for the Delaware Division of Forensic Science said they would not comment.
Denn stands by Delaware ME’s findings yet ME when assistant Philly ME says this March 27, 213 BECAUSE LIFE IS A NIGHTMARE ; A Blog about Goings-on in Philadelphia and the World
At this point, Dr. Collins points out that just because a death certificate is issued, doesn’t mean the case is over-far from it. The initial death certificate is basically just to let families bury their dead. If the death is suspicious, or complicated, the ME’s office will stay on it until they’re satisfied with the results of their investigations. Dr. Collins mentions that often times “external information” can change the death certificate, and can occur months or years after the death itself. He also points out that death certificates change “all the time” and there is no set time period, or statute of limitations of changing a death certificate. ADA Cameron asks for some examples of external information. Dr. Collins has a long list of examples; toxicology reports typically take at least 6 weeks to come back to the lab (long after the initial death certificate has been issued.) Other examples included investigative information, tissue sample test results, blood results, follow up records from medical facilities, previously withheld family histories…the list went on, and on.