My name is Jennifer. I am both a product and survivor of preeclampsia. I was
My name is Jennifer. I am both a product and survivor of preeclampsia. I was born at 29 weeks in 1984, weighing 2 lbs. 8 oz. and have been healthy since. I am now 25 years old and just recently lost my first child, Kelsie Mae due to severe preeclampsia. I was diagnosed at 27 weeks and sent to hospital bed rest. I delivered a healthy baby girl, Kelsie Mae, on January 10 ,2010. She weighted 2 lbs. exactly. She was doing great in the NICU and I truly thought she would come home to my husband and I. She had no problems with her lungs and was close to being on room air when disaster struck!
We had an observational surgery to see what was causing her to bloat in her belly, nothing was found. They said she would pass gas and start eating and come home. 24 hours after her surgery she was put on a high frequency ventilator and having yet more blood transfusions, amongst all of the other medicines being administered to her.
She passed away the morning of February 14, 2010 at 2 am. Our family was able to hold her and say our goodbyes. The very next day the doctor called me and explained that she tested positive for NEC (affects 5 % of infants). Very rare and very dangerous! I only hope that our little angel is safe in heaven. I miss her dearly. I hope in the future that I can have another child and get to full term. God bless all of the mothers that go through this! I have to remember that my daughter was not so lucky, but I am and I am still here.
After surviving a very traumatic first pregnancy with a nightmare delivery (30 hours of magnesium-induced hell, ending in an emergency c-section) and even more debilitating recovery, one would think I was DONE having children. Let's be ...