Autopsy: Wake inmate died of blood clots
Posted February 12, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — An inmate who was found dead in her cell at the Wake County Detention Center last month died of blood clots that blocked the arteries to her lungs, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.
Catena Danyelle Sanders, 39, was found unresponsive in her cell on Jan. 5. Detention officers performed CPR on Sanders, but paramedics pronounced her dead.
Sanders suffered from multiple sclerosis and other health problems and had told jail officials that she was experiencing leg pain that was attributed to her medical conditions, the autopsy report states.
A medical examiner noted that pulmonary thromboemboli blocked Sanders' pulmonary arteries, which caused her death. The clots likely formed in her legs before breaking loose, the autopsy report states.
Sanders was arrested by Raleigh police on Dec. 27 on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.