Amanda Cox ERI death: How the tragedy unfolded

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POLICE are investigating after new mum Amanda Cox was found dead in an Edinburgh Royal Infirmary stairwell.

Here are the key moments leading up to her death:

Amanda Cox

Amanda Cox

• On Thursday, December 6, Ms Cox gives birth to a baby boy at the Royal Infirmary five days prematurely

• Mrs Cox remains on the maternity ward while here son is transferred to the special care unit downstairs

• At 3pm on Monday, December 10, Ms Cox is reported missing prompting a mass search by police

• At 10pm on Monday Ms Cox is found in a rarely used stairwell in the hospital having suffered a suspected catastrophic haemorrhage and dies shortly afterwards

• Police confirm Ms Cox’s death is being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious and officers are preparing a ‘sudden death’ report for the Procurator Fiscal in Edinburgh

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• A full post mortem examination would be carried out to determine the cause of death

• A Fatal Accident Inquiry into the tragedy may be ordered by the Crown Office

• A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We can confirm that missing woman Amanda Cox was discovered collapsed within the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary around 10pm and passed away a short time later. The death is being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious, and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Amanda’s family and friends at this time.”

• Jim Crombie, Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Lothian, said: “My thoughts and sympathies are with the family of Amanda Cox at this sad time. A police investigation is ongoing and we are assisting with their enquiries.”

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