A Pennsylvania mother of three collapsed and died just after completing a half marathon.
Lindsay Doherty, 36, fell down shortly after completing the Scranton Half Marathon on April 2. Medical workers began treating her right away; she was eventually transported to Geisinger Community Medical Center, where doctors were unable to save her.
According to Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland, an autopsy the following day determined that Doherty died from an intra-abdominal hemorrhage, or bleeding caused by a ruptured vein. Rowland described the condition as rare.
WNEP reports that more than 2,000 runners from 26 states participated in the half marathon.
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"It was very shocking for me to hear," said one of those runners, Maryann Sheerer. "It's unfortunately something that does happen in any kind of exercise, but on such a great day it was unexpected."
Doherty worked for the Diocese of Scranton, where she raised money for Catholic education, according to WNEP. She also volunteered at St. Clare/St. Paul Catholic School in Scranton.
"It’s certainly a huge loss," Principal Doug Workman told the Scranton Times-Tribune. "Lindsay was a pillar of the community, but not only that, she was just a shining star as a Catholic, Christian example, as a mother, as a community member. She was just really, really awesome, and it’s hit everyone very hard."
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Friends remember Doherty as a vibrant and energetic woman who was always prepared to lend a helping hand.
"I don’t think she slept," said Tracy Bannon, assistant director of development for the Baby Pantry at St. Joseph's Center. "Her heart was so full of love and she was always so ready to share herself. You called her about anything, and she would be like, 'No problem.' And she got it done."
Bannon befriended Doherty eight years ago and said she eventually came to regard her as "like a little sister."
"Whatever I got involved in, I always asked her to be a part of because she brought so much to everything she did," Bannon recalled. "Nothing was too much for her. She was easy to ask to do things because she did it so happily and joyfully."
In a statement emailed to the Scranton Times-Tribune, Westyn Hinchey Gibbons and 11 other friends of Doherty lamented her unexpected death.
"She was every bit as sweet, thoughtful and kind as everyone talking about her says she is, but we also knew her fierce loyalty, her no-nonsense attitude when it came to telling it like it is and her joy for any gathering of our girlfriends," they wrote. "She was healthy, beautiful and full of light -- just being around her could make your day better."
Doherty is survived by her husband, James, and their three children, Jimmy, Katie and Paige.