Young mum Zoe Bird died on holiday from undiagnosed heart problem
A 30-YEAR-OLD mum collapsed and died while on a family holiday to Majorca with her partner and two young children.
During an inquest into Zoe Bird's death, her partner, Daniel Annable, described dashing through the hotel in a frantic attempt to get help when she suffered a fatal heart attack in their room.
And he revealed that Miss Bird's father, David, had died, aged 34, from heart problems, but she had never been checked out by doctors.
The petrol station assistant, of Nairn Close, Chaddesden, was on holiday at the Marina Delfin hotel, in Alcudia, when she began to feel unwell.
In a statement read out at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court, Mr Annable said he had desperately fought to save her life.
Mr Annable said: "We woke up at around 8.20am and began to get ready for the day. We were getting dressed when Zoe said she was feeling dizzy. She began rocking back and forth doing some breathing exercises."
Miss Bird said her chest was hurting her and Mr Annable told her to lie down.
He said: "She said she had pins and needles in her arms. I didn't realise then that it was a sign of a heart attack."
Miss Bird, who was described as being "happy-go-lucky and laid-back", had told Mr Annable how heart problems had caused the death of her father, aged 34, and her paternal grandmother in her late-40s or early-50s.
He said: "I realised then what was happening and rang reception but I couldn't make them understand me.
"I ran downstairs to reception and mimed what had happened. I said 'heart' and they understood and picked up the phone and told me a doctor would be there soon.
"When I got back upstairs it was like everything was in slow motion.
"She groaned out loud so I told our oldest daughter to go and get an ambulance. I started to panic because I had never done any first aid."
The doctor arrived and the children left the room.
Mr Annable said: "She then started to give a heart massage to Zoe for around an hour along with a paramedic."
Paul McCandless, Derby and South Derbyshire's assistant deputy coroner, told the inquest that Miss Bird died due to an imperfection in the left side of her heart.
Following an postmortem examination in Spain and further investigation in Derby, it was found she had died due to a narrowing of the left artery which stopped blood getting to the heart.
This caused a blockage resulting in the heart attack, on May 30 last year.
After giving a verdict of death due to natural causes, Mr McCandless said: "Miss Bird died very quickly and, despite the best efforts of her partner, Mr Annable, the doctor and the paramedic at the scene, there was nothing that could be done to save her."