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Fuddy was 'markedly afraid' after crash, autopsy reveals

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:28 a.m. HST, Mar 12, 2014

Details in the autopsy report of Hawaii's former health director who died after a plane's ocean landing reveal how traumatic the ordeal was for her.

The autopsy report obtained by the Associated Press on Monday says Loretta Fuddy was "markedly afraid" while waiting for help to arrive after the small plane crashed off Molo­kai on Dec. 11.

The report says 65-year-old Fuddy was a "rudimentary swimmer" who never swam in the ocean.

Maui police have said her death was the result of an irregular heartbeat triggered by stress. The autopsy says the acute cardiac arrhythmia was due to hyperventilation.

The pilot and seven other passengers on the Makani Kai Air flight survived without major injuries.

Maui County cites privacy laws for redacting significant portions of the report.

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LMO wrote:
"Loretta Fuddy was "markedly afraid" " Well, DUH! She was just in a plane crash!
on March 11,2014 | 02:28AM
tommie wrote:
Being "markedly afraid" for a 65 year old is massively different than for a 25 year old.
on March 11,2014 | 06:13AM
pcman wrote:
Huddy was a graduate of Sacred Hearts Academy (SHA). I have a lot of respect for SHA. That may have been 40 years ago, but it is not too late for SHA to require all of their students to know how to swim, no less tread water in the ocean.
on March 11,2014 | 12:21PM
HanabataDays wrote:
"Cardiac arrythmia" is more of a conclusion than a finding at autopsy. "Hyperventilation" likewise. The coroner is simply re-interpreting what the on-scene witnesses observed. As to hyperventilation causing a fatal cardiac arrhythmia, that's one I'd never heard of. Looking around the web, I found one (small) study indicating that hyperventilation can actually suppress arrythmias: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/12/2/271.full.pdf It would be interesting to read the entire report, but from what's been released, I don't think it adds anything new to the story.
on March 11,2014 | 04:07AM
inverse wrote:
Maybe the coroner measured higher levels of stress hormone in Fuddy's system or much lower levels of CO2 in her system due to prolonged hyperventilation. Also cardiac arrhythmia can be caused by electrolyte imbalances which can be measured by the coroner
on March 11,2014 | 04:35AM
tommie wrote:
Being "markedly afraid" for a 65 year old is massively different than it is for a 25 year old.
on March 11,2014 | 06:12AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Yeah, I'd say having the plane you're in crashing in the ocean and being a rudimentary swimmer would bring out higher levels of fear. Thank you for making that abundantly clear, SA.
on March 11,2014 | 06:18AM
lokela wrote:
Some panic took over. Can't blame her for that. Some people can handle it more then others in certain situations. Rest in peace Loretta.
on March 11,2014 | 06:38AM
cojef wrote:
Reminds me of FDR's quote, which I can vaguely remember which related to "fear".
on March 11,2014 | 08:16AM
twitter6 wrote:
ME has some obvious conclusions. Any average Joe would experience the same. The stressors of going down in a plane then having to deal with the open ocean and predators was beyond immense. RIP
on March 11,2014 | 08:34AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Let's just remember Loretta Fuddy for being the wonderful, caring, compassionate person we knew her to be.
on March 11,2014 | 08:48AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
on March 11,2014 | 11:13AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Poor thing. The plane crash. A poor swimmer stuck in the ocean. Hurting. Old and with poor health. She must have been terrified. I feel very sad for her.
on March 11,2014 | 09:00AM
Bully wrote:
How does an autopsy reveal that the person was markedly afraid?
on March 11,2014 | 10:08AM
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