Cause of death still unknown for 30-year-old Portland woman who died after stint in jail medical unit

Posted Aug. 05, 2013, at 3:22 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The cause of death for a 30-year-old Cumberland County Jail inmate who died last week after being brought to the hospital remains undetermined.

Karyn Victoria Kundishora-Nowlan of Portland died Wednesday morning after being rushed from the jail to Maine Medical Center after suffering seizures, according to a county sheriff’s office announcement last week.

As of Monday afternoon, the cause of death remained a mystery.

“The case is pending further study and may take a few weeks before a ruling is made for a cause,” said Mark Belserene, administrator for the state medical examiner’s office in an email Monday to the BDN.

Kundishora-Nowlan was being held in the jail medical unit for observation because of what the sheriff’s office called prior “seizure activity” when a nurse on routine rounds just before 5:30 a.m. last Wednesday discovered the inmate had a low pulse.

Kundishora-Nowlan was being held at the jail on a probation hold. She was transported to Maine Medical Center after first aid and CPR were administered at the jail. Jail supervisors were notified that she died while being treated at the hospital less than an hour after her low pulse was first discovered.

Kundishora-Nowlan’s criminal history includes arrests for drug possession, violating a protection order and operating with a suspended license, according to previous media reports.

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