APEC were saddened to hear a successful Olympic athlete has died due to complications in childbirth. Tori Bowie was an American track and field athlete, who primarily competed in the long jump, 100 meters, and 200 meters, winning many awards in the Olympics and other competitions. There has been much media speculation about whether she died from eclampsia, which is a more severe form of pre-eclampsia. You can read our guide to eclampsia here. 

APEC’s Chair of Trustees Prof Andy Shennan OBE spoke to the BBC World service about what exactly eclampsia is. Tori’s heart-breaking story is a stark reminder that pre-eclampsia can happen to anyone and does not discriminate. It can be fatal and we must all know the signs.