I wanted to tell a story that is not about me but my incredibly brave
I wanted to tell a story that is not about me but my incredibly brave Sister and Brother in law. I had never really heard of Preeclampsia before April 14 2005, this is the day that my sister gave birth to my nephew. This is also the day that we lost my nephew and almost the life of my sister to this horrible condition. I have never in my life met a couple who was more ready for a child. My sister planned her pregnancy from day 1, she was a wonderful Mother and Conner was not even here yet. They both worked so hard, purchased a new home and were ready to begin their family.
Throughout Her pregnancy (going into the later months) she began to have high blood pressure. She went to her Dr. and they told her they would begin to monitor the pressure. She went back and luckily her pressure was down from the last time, so I guess they figured it was no big deal. She then began to swell in her hands and legs, she went back and they wrote it off as normal pregnancy swelling. Let me just tell you she was swelling so bad her legs were cracking! Anyway no one in our family had heard of Preeclampsia so we were unfamiliar with the symptoms, we all had faith in her Doctor (as you should be able to).
The morning of 8/14/05 I got a call that she had lost Conner and the doctors had sent her home. They assumed that the cord was wrapped around his neck. We were on our way to be by her side and got a call on our cell that she was going back to the hospital she was bleeding profusely. When we got to the hospital it was like a nightmare I have never seen so much blood in my life, I was so afraid for my sister. They allowed her to bleed for hours before they finally realized she was losing too much blood and brought her in for a C-section. After she delivered Conner they told us she had developed DIC and there was nothing than can do for it. When we asked the outcome they told us NOT good, the only crutch we had was that she was young. The Doctors were afraid that she was not going to make it. My family was determined not to leave her side and to get her through this, we just lost our Nephew and we were not going to lose her. She did make it through Thank God and Connor I know that he helped her through. We have never been so afraid in our lives I swear it was like a horrible night mare that we could not get out of. The images are imbedded in my brain forever and now I want to help my sister tell her story and help educate Women on the severity of the awful condition.
Please make sure if you have any Sign of Preeclampsia you contact you Doctor right away. The outcome of this has affected so many people. I thank God that we were lucky enough to hold him and see him; I can now picture the face of our Angel when I talk to him. It just pains us everyday that we do not have him here to hold and hug and love. This is deffinatly a condition that needs more awareness from Doctors and Women. Please educate yourselves and all the women you know. Thank you for hearing my story, I know that this didn
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