06/14/23

CNN: What is eclampsia, the condition that may have contributed to Olympian Tori Bowie’s death?

American track and field champion Tori Bowie, who won gold, silver and bronze medals in the 2016 Olympic Games, died of pregnancy complications that may have included eclampsia, according to an autopsy report. Bowie was found dead while approximately eight months pregnant.

OBHG Site Director Dr. Nicole Rankins spoke with CNN about eclampsia and how it may have contributed to the tragic death of Tori Bowie:

“You are at an increased risk if you’re Black, if you are overweight, or if you have underlying health conditions. But it can develop in anyone, including someone who’s thin and super healthy,” said Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins, a maternal health advocate and obstetrician-gynecologist in Richmond, Virginia.

Much is not known about the circumstance of Bowie’s pregnancy and death. However, it is “theoretically possible that she had an eclamptic seizure, and just didn’t recover from that,” said Rankins, who also hosts the podcast “All About Pregnancy & Birth.”

Read the CNN article here.


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