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A HELLP Story
by Tricia



Tricia delivered Camryn at 28weeks weighing 12.4 ounces due to HELLP.

 
Tricia's Story

I was 28 weeks pregnant with my first pregnancy when I started to experience severe headaches that would not go away.  I also had swelling of the face and hands but I was being given steroid shots at the time and I just assumed it was from those.  I was also on oxygen and had been told that it could make your face swell as well. 

I went to see my doctor in the morning and about 2-3 hours later I was taken by ambulance to the hospital closest to us that was equipped with an NICU.  I was given drugs to stop the effects and about 5 hours later my daughter was delivered by c-section. 

It's hard for me to remember a lot of the details surrounding her birth.  The medications that your given are just awful.  As I'm sure most of you know. 

My daughter survived for 24 days in the NICU.  I was never able to hold her but me and my husband were able to reach in and touch her and talk to her.  I miss her terribly.  They didn't expect her to make it through the night but she was such a fighter. 

The thought of trying to have another baby is very scary to me now.  I just hope that if we do have another child I can make it through the pregnancy without HELLP Syndrome showing up again.
 

Update:

I had shared my story on your web site about my daughter Camryn ( my name is tricia) . 

I just wanted to let you know that we made it 32 weeks on this last pregnancy and I delivered my son Ian by cesarean on  Jan 17/ 2001 . 

The only symptoms that began to show were swelling and some headaches. The docs didn't want to chance it so they delivered him early. he is now at home
after 6 weeks in the NICU  but is doing well. 

Thanks again for having such a great site.

Sincerly, Tricia  Worley
 
 

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