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A HELLP Story
by Paula
sub - 10/29/01

My experience hasn't put me off having another child, although I am in no hurry!  

 

Paula's Story

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 to normal.  

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.
 

Paula Foy
 
 

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