Trimley St Mary: Midwife dies after stables collapse

TRIMLEY ST MARY: A midwife who was revived after collapsing at a stables following a suspected heart attack has tragically died in hospital.

Paramedics managed to re-start Louise Smith’s heart after it stopped and then took her to Ipswich Hospital, where she was looked after in the critical care unit.

She managed to survive for more than 24 hours but sadly lost her fight for life on Monday night despite the best efforts of medical staff.

Her friends and family have been left devastated by her death.

Mrs Smith, 52, a community midwife, had gone to Great Street Farm, High Road, Trimley St Mary, on Sunday where she keeps a horse in stables.

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Friends said she was in a cheerful mood and went off to the tack room to get some equipment.

A little later they noticed she hadn’t returned, went to look for her and found her collapsed on the ground.

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Mrs Smith’s husband Steve did CPR on his wife to try to revive her.

A friend said shortly after the incident: “Her husband Steve did CPR –he was so distraught.

“Louise is well-loved by everyone here at the stables.”

Two ambulance crews and a community responder spent nearly an hour reviving and treating Mrs Smith before taking her to hospital.

Friends said she adored horses and spending time at the stables looking after them.

n? Would you like to pay tribute to Mrs Smith – write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN, or email

n?Are you a friend or relative of Mrs Smith? Get in touch with our Felixstowe newsdesk on 01394 284109.

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