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A HELLP Story
by Cory
sub - 8/20/01

My babies were only 20 weeks and were stillborn. They were beautiful little girls and I was devestated. I thank god that there was a doctor on call that night that knew what hellp syndrome was or I might not be here today either. 
 

Cory's Story

My name is Cory and I am 25 years old. In November of 2000 I learned I was pregnant,probably the happiest moment of my life. I soon found out I was having twins. I think my excitement doubled as well. 

During routine blood test I had some abnormal test results and with further testing learned I had antiphospholipid antibidies. I was sent to a specialist and put on baby asprin daily to help prevent clots. All seemed to be going well. 

Around 19 weeks I developed severe pains in my upper
abdomin and chest. I at first thought gas. After about 3 days the pain was still there. I went to see my specialist and she told me it was probably just the babies pushing up on my chest. I knew the babies were too small to be having that sort of effect on me. I called my obstetrician and they said couldn't be babies,must be my gallbladder and had me call my primary care physician. 

I have now been in pain for a week.I can't sleep, can't eat all i want to do is cry.  I went to see a nurse practitioner in my doctors office and in conferring with my primary doctor they decided it was an ulcer!!! While they were giving me a rectal
to check for blood I was dying. Although i didn't know that at the time I knew they were way off base. 

They scheduled me for an ultra sound to check my gallbladder in a week and told me to call back if the pain gets unbearable. 

No one seemed to understand that the pain was already
unbearable that was why I was there. I went home that night and layed down. I was frustrated and in serious pain. I couldn't take it anymore. I had my boyfriend drive me to the ER determined to get someone to help me. 

They ran blood tests and an hour after getting there I was admitted and told I had HELLP syndrome. I had never heard of this before. The doctor explained that my platelets were about half of what they should be and upon admission my blood pressure was 164/90. 

I was transported to Mass General hospital in Boston. They monitored my blood levels and early the next morning(march 3rd 2001) they told me they couldn't wait any longer I was dying and they needed to induce labor and deliver my babies. 

My babies were only 20 weeks and were stillborn. They were beautiful little girls and I was devestated. I thank god that there was a doctor on call that night that knew what hellp syndrome was or I might not be here today either. 

I still don't really understand why it happened but I read as much as I can and try get as much info as possible so that hopefully when I am ready to try again to have a baby I
will know what I am up against and can overcome those obstacles.
 

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Updated 
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