‘Gentle giant’ didn’t think much of heartburn before dying from hidden condition

‘Gentle giant’ didn’t think much of heartburn before dying from hidden condition

A “gentle giant” who didn’t think anything of his frequent heartburn died suddenly from a hidden condition.

“Perfect father, husband and son” Adrian ‘Aidy’ Mansfield had seemed fined before collapsing and dying from a disease of the heart which had remained completely undetected.

The 6ft 7in “life and soul of the party” died aged just 41-years-old and leaves behind five children, M.E.N reports.

His wife, Annmarie told an inquest at Bolton Coroner’s Court heard that her husband did not drink booze to excess nor did he take drugs.

A smoking habit was limited to around 10 to 20 cigarettes a day.

But he often complained of heartburn and “slept with Rennies by the side of the bed”.

However, he did not bother to trouble his GP as he did not think anything of it and was otherwise in good health.

But Aidy, from Salford in Manchester, collapsed suddenly after taking his mum and dad to a funeral at Agecroft Cemetery on the afternoon of November 25, 2019.

As he was heading back to his car after the service, Aidy collapsed and was taken to Salford Royal Hospital.

His mum. Lynn Mansfield, had thought he was joking and was playing “one of his pranks” he loved to perform to keep her on her toes.

Despite several attempts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead.

Annmarie said her beloved hubby had seemed perfectly fine in the days leading up to his sudden death.

The husband and wife lived together in Irlam, a village in Salford, and have five children between them, including one each from previous relationships.

Remembering her husband, Annmarie told the court: “He was 6ft 7in but he was a gentle giant.

“He was the life and soul of the party and was loved by everybody.

“He was the perfect father, husband and son.

“He is desperately missed.”

Aidy worked as a scaffolder and on the day of his death, he finished early so that he could drive his parents to the funeral of an “old friend”.

His mother, Lynn Mansfield, told the court that the chapel was full so he decided to wait outside for it to finish.

Describing the moment that her son collapsed as they headed back to the car, she said: “I told him to get up because I thought it was one of his pranks.

“He was always playing pranks on me to keep me on my toes.

“I tried to help him up but he just lay shaking.”

Two people in the area tried to do CPR while they waited for an ambulance to arrive but repeated attempts to resuscitate Aidy were unsuccessful.

Dr Erin Devlin, who was working at Salford Royal Hospital when Aidy was brought in, confirmed that his heart had been stopped for 55 minutes by the time he was officially pronounced dead.

Dr Usha Chandran carried out a post-mortem into Aidy’s death and found some evidence of ischemic heart disease.

She also confirmed that one of the symptoms could be a feeling similar to indigestion or heartburn.

Area Coroner for Manchester West, Alan Walsh recorded Aidy’s cause of death as “left ventricular failure caused by ischemic heart disease”.

Prof Walsh said: “This was a very sad and tragic death at a relatively young age.
“He was a man who was so well liked.

He was committed to his family and loyal in his work.

“It saddens me a great deal that he died so unexpectedly.

“It is unimaginable for your father to die at 41 and all I can say is that I am truly sorry.”

Prof Walsh also apologised for how long it has taken for the inquest to take place following Aidy’s death, due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Following the inquest, Aidy’s mother said that the family now has some closure.

She said: “It’s been a year of wanting to know what happened.

“It’s not what we thought, we thought it was going to be sudden adult death but we know now and that’s the main thing.”

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