DALLAS - Five children are in state custody after their mother died suddenly at the Dallas Greyhound bus station.
Dallas police say the family was traveling from Mississippi to Oregon. They were waiting in line to board a bus around 4 a.m. Thursday when the mother became stricken.
According to the Dallas County medical examiner, the 29-year-old woman died of deep vein thrombosis of the legs. Morbid obesity was listed as a contributing factor.
The five children ranged in age from five to 12. Plans are being made to reunite them with their father, who was notified.
Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is caused by blood clots that form from inactivity. These clots are dangerous because they can break loose, travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, where they can block blood flow. A pulmonary embolism is often life-threatening.
DVT is not uncommon in people who sit while on a long flights or car trips. Symptoms of DVT include swelling of the affected leg, the leg may feel warm and look redder than the other leg. The calf or thigh may ache or feel tender to the touch.
Experts recommend wearing compression stockings during journeys longer than eight hours. On long flights, walk up and down the aisle hourly, flex and point your feet every 20 minutes while sitting and drink plenty of water.