The Millas bus driver victim of “broken heart syndrome” according to her lawyer, what is it?

Nadine Oliveira remains hospitalized after becoming ill in the courtroom of the Millas collision.

RAYMOND ROIG / AFP Nadine Oliveira remains hospitalized after becoming ill in the courtroom of the Millas collision.


Nadine Oliveira remains hospitalized after becoming ill in the courtroom of the Millas collision.

TRIAL – During his cross-examination during the Miles collision trial, the emotion of Nadine Oliveira had forced to suspend the debates in Marseille. And since Thursday, the bus driver during from miles drama He is still hospitalized in a worrying state, unable to recover mentally.

victim of a heart attack, his lawyer told France Bleu, was transferred to intensive care this Saturday, September 24. According to Jean Codognès, her client ” must pass a third scan on Monday at the north hospital in Marseille”, which could delay the resumption of the trial. To explain his client’s health problems, the attorney hypothesized that Tako Tsubo Syndrome », more commonly called “broken heart syndrome”.

Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy

Behind this scientific name there is actually a syndrome related to stress. This condition, still poorly understood by science, generally affects women over 50 years of age and results in a “ acute heart failure manifesting as acute myocardial infarction”, explains Orphanet, an online portal dedicated to rare diseaseswith notably “ischemic symptoms [une diminution de l’apport en sang dans le cœur] » and “high markers of cardiac pathology “.

First described in Japan, hence its name, the ” broken heart syndrome Since then, it has been observed worldwide, occurring almost consistently after intense emotional stress. It is also when Nadine Oliveira went to deliver details about the moments before the accident with a TER that resulted in the death of six schoolchildren that the driver collapsed.

Specifically, a sudden discharge of hormones (such as adrenaline) produced in case of intense stress causes the appearance of this phenomenon in affected patients, specifies Orphanet. According to this same site, people who are victims of it recover relatively quickly if the attention is fast enough.

Instead, ” the course, although generally mild, may be marked by rupture of the left ventricle, making this syndrome a recently identified cause of sudden death “. Currently there is no really effective treatment, except for precise monitoring in case of heart failure.

The ruthlessness of the lawyers for the civil parties in question?

According to Nadine Oliveira’s lawyer, it would then be the muscular questioning about the details of the accident that would have caused this syndrome in the 53-year-old bus driver. To the point of denouncing this Saturday “implacability” lawyers for the civil parties, who would have handed over” in a contest to associate his name with forced confessions”.

“It is a torture worthy of the Middle Ages”, he added. An opinion far from being shared by the main stakeholders. all denied “gratuitous hardship” against the driver whose the accident killed 6 schoolchildren and injured 17 in December 2017 at a level crossing.

Pending news from the accused, the debate on the level crossing barriers during the accident remains unchanged. ” We ask him the questions we have to ask him. We are forced to bring him face to face with his contradictions”responded on Thursday Me Philippe Ayral, lawyer for the civil parties.

“During the last week, all the reports from the experts have shown that barriers they were lowered. We can understand that Ms. Oliveira, after four days, has difficulty accepting this idea “. he added. One thing remains certain: if the hearing resumes at the beginning of the week, it will be without Nadine Oliveira, still under medical supervision before new examinations on Monday, the date of resumption of the process in the Marseille court.

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