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Autopsy: Wake inmate died of blood clots

Posted February 12, 2014

Catena Danyelle Sanders
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— 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.

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  • didisaythat Feb 14, 2014

    She was a good person and was wrongly put in jail for committing crimes. Her family needs to be given 10 million because the officers have not gone through sensitivity of the legs training.

  • Edward Levy Feb 13, 2014
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    smileandnod....agreed
    When did the specific problem begin and what action was taken. minutes, hours, days. I and many of us get pain in our legs and work our way through it. The top ten symptoms of thrombosis, are the same as flu, and many other medical situations We need more info on what the officers did, timing, medical help available, did Sanders have these same symptoms beforeetc

  • Veronica Hammond Feb 13, 2014
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    Yes, when you are untrained in a certain subject matter, you redirect the situation to a trained individual when the person/inmate has a KNOWN underlying condition.

  • Edward Levy Feb 13, 2014
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    I fault no one. I guess, if he was at a major medical facility, where her condition was known, perhaps someone MIGHT have figured her pain in the
    leg was MS related. I AM writing from EXPERIENCE. She, may have had the pin, but I am 100% positive, that she did not know it was because of clots and I am POSITIVE that untrained detention officers could do no more than their heroic effort to help he

  • Veronica Hammond Feb 13, 2014
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    "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..." -- ESTERYATES, yes it was. She told them of her condition and current problem...why not take her to the infirmary (at least)?

  • esteryates69 Feb 13, 2014

    it always sad to hear some one died in jail.For one time is sound like it was not anyone was at fault.