Heartbroken family’s warning as mum dies after stroke during routine GP check-up

A 'family-orientated' mum from Scotland died after she had a stroke during a standard appointment at her GP.

Henrietta Sim, affectionately known as Rietta, passed away after the regular check up for her diabetes.

Before lockdown last year, the 51-year-old had found herself regularly out of breath and suffering from tiredness, headaches, and weakness in her arms, the Daily Record reports.

She left her Cumnock home to go for scans at Crosshouse hospital before the tragic incident left her without movement in her legs and fighting against poor health.

On January 6 2021, she sadly passed away from heart failure.

Rietta's daughter, Carrie Sim, is now trying to raise awareness and is pleading with others to take notice of symptoms.

"My mum was a very cheery person, she was so family orientated," the 24-year-old said.

“Even with her poor health she still put everyone else first.

“She found out she was having a stroke after going to the doctors for a routine check up for her diabetes. That is when we realised strokes can happen at any time with very little symptoms.

“She didn’t have the normal noticeable symptoms, but the shortness of breath, very tired, headaches, and weakness in her arms are all symptoms, and she was very lucky that the doctors caught it in time and got her to hospital for scans and into the stroke ward.”

Rietta spent lockdown recovering with her family, including her husband Derek Sim, after she was sent from the GP to hospital for tests following the stroke.

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But heartbreak followed as her conditions got worse quickly, despite the mum telling her family she was feeling "much better" just days before she died.

Carrie continued: “Losing a parent, you really can’t prepare for that, but with the help from my family and friends they have been our absolute rocks and got myself and dad to where we are today.

“I was still staying at home, but was renovating my own home at the same time. Sometimes I do regret being away all the time.

“My mum had been getting so much better, so much more movement and strength but one day I left for work not even an hour when my dad and auntie phoned to say I had to come home.

“Not even 10 minutes later they phoned to say the worst news ever, that she had passed.

“With my mum's heart attack at the end, it was silent which just means it was really quick and she wouldn’t have felt much which does give us a little comfort at this horrible time.

"Going through a stroke or heart attack with someone can be frustrating and very draining but you have to stay strong for the person.

“That will help them through their recovery. Going through a stroke or heart attack with someone can be frustrating and very draining but you have to stay strong for the person.

“That will help them through their recovery."

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