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A HELLP Story
by Beth
sub - 8/27/01

I am unsure of the relationship between multiple births and HELLP syndrome.  If anyone has any information on this relationship, I would be interested to hear about it.  
 

Beth's Story

My name is Beth Butch and I gave birth to a set of fraternal twins on 8/13/01.  They were delivered via c-section as the result of a diagnosis of HELLP.  My full term due date for these babies was 10/3/01.  They were born at 32 weeks and 6 days.
 
I was admitted into the hospital at 31 weeks and 3 days because I was in pre-term labor.  My labor had progressed me to 90% effacement but I was not dialated.  At this time, I was checked into the hospital to stabilize the labor through the use of Breathine (discontinued at 32 weeks) and Indocine.  

It was not until a week later that the doctors suspected HELLP syndrome.  My blood pressure was elevated during
certain times of the day and there was a slight amount of protein in my urine.  

On a Friday, blood tests were taken.  Follow up tests were taken on the following Monday.  The blood tests on Monday showed extremely high liver levels.  Labor was induced and I was given three hours to deliver my babies vaginally.  

Because my labor did not progress, I was given a c-section that evening and my children were born with minimal complications (typical preemie issues).   

After my children were born, I was given Magnesium Sulfate for 24 hours to reduce the risk of seizures.  This made my c-section recovery very difficult - the restricted movement before and after the delivery added to my pain.  

It is now two weeks after my delivery and I am starting to feel
normal again.
 
My children, Cassandra and Trevor, are still in the NICU and will probably remain there for at least another few weeks.  Cassandra was 4 lbs 2 oz at birth and Trevor was 3 lbs 10 oz at birth.  Cassie is breathing on her own and we are trying to get her to feed via bottle.  Trevor still forgets to breathe occasionally so he has some assistance in his breathing and he is starting to get breast milk via tube  - we are hoping
he will be off his IV by the end of the week. 
 

I believe that my condition was caught very early and this avoided many issues that would have been life threatening for my family.
 

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