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How Did Anna Garcia Die?

By: Kameren Head

Kam Head

on 5 January 2015

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Transcript of How Did Anna Garcia Die?

Evidence At The Scene
Pre-existing Conditions
How Did Anna Garcia Die?
- Age: 38
- Weight: 165
- Height: 64 Inches or 5 ft. 4 in.
- Race: Hispanic
- Sex: Female
- Blood Glucose Level: 280 mg/dL
- Low Hemoglobin Levels: <8 g/dL (Circulatory system)
- Low Red Blood Cell: <3.5 million cells
- Low Hematocrit: 25%
- 500 mL of blood in abdomen cavity
- Spleen enlarged with evidence of necrosis
and a hemorrhagic area
- Abdomen feels hard and is distented
- Splenic artery shows signs of occlusion
- Grey fingernails
- No evidence of alcohol
- blood spatter on the floor
- four unidentified white pills on the floor
- spilled orange juice on the floor
- a syringe was also found
- pool of blood found under the victims head
- vomit on the floor
- muddy shoe print
- hair found on knocked-over lamp
- blood on the edge of table
- phone off the hook lying on the floor
- victims head 3ft away from wall
By: Kameren Head
- Neighbor spoke to Anna 6:30am that morning
- Neighbor heard dog barking
- Emergency call went in at 9:45am
- EMT's arrive at the scene at 9:56am
- EMT's found Anna lying faced down wearing a
sweater, capris, and socks

Cause of Death: Splenic Sequestration
Splenic Sequestration- refers to an acute condition of intrasplenic pooling of large amounts of blood. During a severe sequestration crisis, the spleen may enlarge to the point of filling the entire abdomen becauss of all the blood in the spleen. The patients hemoglobin may drop acutely, resulting in hypovolemic shock and death within hours of initial onset. To reverse hypovolemic shock, prompt treatment with volume expanders and a blood transfusion take place over a short period of time. Most cases are of sickle cell patients between the ages of 5 months and 2 years. The spleens of older children or young adults with Hg Sc or sickled beta thalassemia may remain enlarged due to overall less sickled related infarction.
Long Term Prevention
- Anna could have kept a better diet
- She could have exercised more to keep ber weight and diabetes under control
- She could have quit smoking to prevent further lung damage
- She could have tried to ger rid of as much stress in her life as possible
Anna's Symptoms
- low hemoglobin levels
- abdomen tender to touch
- enlarged spleen, resulting in swollen abdomen
- large amount of blood in spleen (500 mL)
- swollen ankles
- greying of the fingernails
- generalized pallor
- high blood glucose levels
- high cholesterol
- total cholesterol: 389 mg/dL
- LDL: 243 mg/dL
- HDL: 60 mg/dL
- triglycerides: 145 mg/dL
- chest pain
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Type 1 Diabetes
- High Blood Sugar
- Splenic Sequestration
- Severe Anemia
Contributing Factors
- unhealthy diet
- lack of exercise
- stress
- taking too many medications at once
- not taking medication properly
- overall unhealthy lifestyle
Police Report
Autopsy Reports
Possible Causes of Death/Contributing Factors
Possible Causes of Death
- splenic sequestration (Immune & lymphatic systems)
- severe anemia
- sickel cell anemia
- hypertension
- diabetes (type 1)
- oxygen deprivation
Cause of Death/Prevention
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