I didn't have a clue, I believe
that's what saved me. I later that evening after delivering Brittan, I
felt a "Pop" sensation. The blood vessels behind both eyes popped and my
vision became extemely inpaired! It took about 3 months before I'd drive
a car again. My eyes have never been the same.
My name is Lori Kennedy, My daughter who is
healthy and is now 8 years old was born on May 18th 1993. I
know it's been awhile,(obviously!) but I've always wondered and worried
about it since I delivered her. Her name is Britttan Lee Kennedy, she weighed
at birth 5 lbs and was down to 4lbs. 10 oz. when we brought her home.
I was almost exactly 36 weeks when she was
delivered. I live in Draper Utah. It came on pretty suddenly, she is my
second and last child, both being girls. I decided that I couldn't
ever go through what I went through with her again. Thankfully, I just
wasn't informed at the time, thinking that everything would be, of course,
I was doing great in my 2nd pregnancy, until
about my 7th month. Protein in my urine, elevated blood pressure the obvious
symptoms ofpreclamsyia. I was obviously in denile , and thankfully so like
I've already said. I started swelling up like a balloon one afternoon and
that was basically it.
What happened next is what I still have nightmares
over! I went in to the doctors to have a routine visit of blood pressure
check etc... He sent me home after several hours hooked up to many monitors,
with my promise that I'd go straight to bed and call if I felt any changes,
I was to deliver the baby in the early A.M. no matter what. I begged to
go home and he reluctantly agreed.
After spending the whole night in horrible
chronic stomach pain, that I kept saying was bad gas pains, I showed up
at the hospital at 6-7A.M. My doctor was there waiting, when I told him
that I felt like crap all night! he freaked out in a very professional
manner, and scolded me. Well turns out that my liver was basically not functioning
hardly, and that my platlett count was so low, (I want to say around 250)
he immediatly put me on magniesium, and prayed!
I turned out to deliver my daughter 3 hours
later by the grace of god, my blood pressure was so
high I remember my husband just seeming extra concerned around me, the
doctor had prepared him, for the worse. I believe that everyone had believed
at that point that I was going to have a stroke at the least, but probably
a cerebral hemmorage, or death.
I chose not to have any other babies.
This whole thing peaked again just today. I do hair, A new client came
in today who is a labor/delivery nurse at the same hospital. She said how really rare H.E.L.L.P syndrome is, so I came
home 8 years later (today!) and found this web site. Ignorance was bliss
in my case, if I had truely any idea how bad it was I probably would have
and could have experienced the worst case senerio.
That's all, it just makes me know how strong
we can all be, and how vulnerable our lives are. It wasn't
Thanx for your
time, Lori Kennedy kevlor00@aol
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