British holidaymaker died from deep vein thrombosis after flight

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liz cooper died from dvt blood clot after flight from holiday in Canary Islands
liz cooper died from dvt blood clot after flight from holiday in Canary Islands


A 32-year-old woman died of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after flying home from her holiday in Tenerife.

Liz Cooper visited the Canary Islands with a friend and started to feel unwell while staying at her hotel.

According to the Daily Mail, an inquest heard that she started to feel better on the flight home after the seven-day holiday in September 2013, but three hours after landing at Manchester Airport Liz died at her home.

The restaurant manager, from Cumbria, died of pulmonary embolism due to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the right lower leg, a coroner said.

According to the Westmoreland Gazette, Miss Cooper's father Charles has since been diagnosed with DVT but only discovered after his daughter's death that he could have been at risk.

"Now I'm wondering whether I should fly anywhere or not," he said.

NHS says DVT "occurs when blood flows too slowly through the veins. The blood forms a clot that blocks up deep veins, usually in the legs."

Those on flights of eight hours or more are at increased risk, but Miss Cooper had also suffered from a genetic disorder Factor V Leiden.

Netdoctor says: "People carrying the Factor V Leiden gene have a five times greater risk of developing a blood clot (thrombosis) than the rest of the population."

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Travel Warning: The Risks of DVT
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