Tesco Extra fatality: woman suffered breathing difficulties before collapse

Tesco Extra fatality: woman suffered breathing difficulties before collapse

Tesco Extra fatality: woman suffered breathing difficulties before collapse

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A woman who died at Watford Tesco Extra yesterday was having breathing difficulties before she collapsed, according to the ambulance servce.

The 68-year-old woman took ill in the store shortly after 5pm.

It is understood she was with family members in the supermarket in Dalton Way when she became unwell.

Charlotte Parker, spokeswoman for East of England Ambulance Service, said: "We were called at 5.12pm for a woman who was having difficulty breathing.

"We sent an ambulance, rapid response vehicle and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

"The ambulance was on scene at 5.20pm and the helicopter landed at 5.34pm.

"Medics provided advanced life support.

"The woman went into cardiac arrest and was sadly declared dead at the scene."

Police closed the road leading into the Tesco to enable the air ambulance to land in the store car park.

A spokesman for Tesco has offered his condolences to the woman’s family following the tragedy.

Bill Glennie, store director for Tesco, said: "We were very sad to hear of the death of one of our customers at the Watford Extra store, and our thoughts go out to the family.

"Our colleagues will of course help the authorities in any way they can."

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12:57pm Thu 29 May 14

Mum of Teens says...

Please note that one of those Tesco colleagues (in a suit so I presume a manager) was taking 'selfies' with the air ambulance whilst this was happening. Respect? I was disgusted.
Please note that one of those Tesco colleagues (in a suit so I presume a manager) was taking 'selfies' with the air ambulance whilst this was happening. Respect? I was disgusted. Mum of Teens
  • Score: 11

5:38pm Fri 30 May 14

Jsalsa says...

I was the first aider at the scene, and performed CPR on the woman until the ambulance and paramedics arrived. When I saw the woman, I asked the Tesco staff for a respirator and was told 'the first aid kit is for staff only', besides which they didn't have one. None of the staff had first aid training, and only one other person assisted me in trying to keep her alive (not a staff member). They barely understood what a recovery position was, and we're not prepared to provide assistance. I was surprised and disappointed at the lack of training in first aid, the lack of known procedures for emergencies and the lack of equipment at Tesco. In my opinion all of these should be legal requirements in major stores like this.

I hope I did as much as could be done at the scene, but can't help wondering if trained staff and equipment might have helped me or someone else save her life. I'm sorry I couldn't do more, and my heartfelt sympathy goes to her family. The paramedics were amazing and very skilled at their jobs, I know they did their best to revive her.
I was the first aider at the scene, and performed CPR on the woman until the ambulance and paramedics arrived. When I saw the woman, I asked the Tesco staff for a respirator and was told 'the first aid kit is for staff only', besides which they didn't have one. None of the staff had first aid training, and only one other person assisted me in trying to keep her alive (not a staff member). They barely understood what a recovery position was, and we're not prepared to provide assistance. I was surprised and disappointed at the lack of training in first aid, the lack of known procedures for emergencies and the lack of equipment at Tesco. In my opinion all of these should be legal requirements in major stores like this. I hope I did as much as could be done at the scene, but can't help wondering if trained staff and equipment might have helped me or someone else save her life. I'm sorry I couldn't do more, and my heartfelt sympathy goes to her family. The paramedics were amazing and very skilled at their jobs, I know they did their best to revive her. Jsalsa
  • Score: 7

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