The autopsy on a woman who died Tuesday a few short hours after a hospital visit pointed to a brain aneurysm as the cause of death, with the family ready to take legal action.
Following a post mortem examination by state pathologist Nicholas Charalambous, in the presence of family-appointed forensic pathologist Panicos Stavrianos, the results showed 48-year-old Alina Loizou died of internal bleeding in the brain caused by a ruptured aneurysm.
Loizou was taken by her relatives on Tuesday to the Emergency Room at Paphos General Hospital after she complained she was not feeling well. Doctors who examined the woman later released her from hospital after they saw signs of improvement, according to reports.
But hours later the woman lost consciousness in her own home and was once again rushed to the ER at Paphos General, where doctors on duty pronounced her dead on arrival.
Loizou had been left on a stretcher for two hours in a corridor at Paphos General due to lack of hospital beds
Prior to the autopsy, the family had filed a police complaint alleging medical negligence, with police said to be investigating a sudden death incident as the woman had no signs of external injuries.
The family is alleging through their attorney that Loizou was released prematurely without having undergone necessary medical tests, while she had been left on a stretcher for two hours out in a corridor at Paphos General due to lack of hospital beds.
It was not clear whether aneurysm in the brain had been known or discussed during the initial visit at the hospital which reportedly lasted five hours.
Experts say most brain aneurysms do not rupture. However, a ruptured aneurysm quickly becomes life-threatening and requires prompt medical treatment by emergency medics.
Loizou was said to have been depressed and stressed out following the recent passing of her dog, according to local reports.