My experience hasn't put me off
having another child, although I am in no hurry!
My problems started after I had given birth
to a healthy daughter. After a problem free pregnancy and labour
I gave birth to Chay Jacqui Winter 2 weeks early on 27th December 2000.
Whilst trying to remove the placenta I complained
of a headache, my blood pressure had shot up. I was then rushed into
theatre and given an epidural to remove the placenta and everything returned
A couple of hours later the headache returned,
I remember being sick and the next thing I remember was being asked how
many fingers the Neurologist was holding up!
I was then told it was nearly 3 days since
I had given birth to Chay and I had had 2 seizures and HELLP Syndrome.
They didn't think I was going to make it.
The next few days are a blur, I was returned
to the Maternity Ward from the High Dependency Unit and reunited with Chay.
I was told I could go home the following day but I requested staying an
extra night as I still felt very weak.
The next night, 1 week after going into labour
I had another seizure and then my fourth and final seizure happened the
following morning. Again I came around nearly 3 days later not knowing
what had happened or what day it was. I had been given 4 blood transfusions,
2 CAT Scans and a Lumber Puncture.
I returned home after 2 weeks in hospital and
now 9 months later I have fully recovered. I realise now after
reading many other similar stories that I am extremely lucky to be here
and to have a healthy daughter. I was told eclampsia, without pre-eclampsia
is extremely rare and was lucky the staff at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital
recognised the symptoms.
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