At 32 1/2 weeks, I began to experience pain unlike no other pain that I
At 32 1/2 weeks, I began to experience pain unlike no other pain that I had ever had. My lower back was extremely painful to the touch, and it hurt to sit, stand, anything.
At first I thought that I was experiencing gas, but by 7 o'clock that evening, I called my ob-gyn and told him I was going to the ER. I was given demerol for the pain and when that would wear off, the pain would come back.
Finally in the morning, I finally saw a doctor and a priest by my door. The doctor came to tell my husband and I that I would have to be transported immediately to Rush Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago because I had HELLP syndrome and he wasn't sure how to treat it.
When I arrived at Rush, the doctor told my husband that I might not make it thru the night because my liver and kidneys were shutting down, my blood was not clotting and that he may have to make a decision between me and the baby. For unknown reasons, I was in labor for 16 hours and barely remember a thing until after my c-section a short time after.
My beautiful little girl weighed 4 lbs 9oz and was 17 inches long (Big for a preemie) She is in excellent health with the exception of what we still believe is reflux.
I on the other hand have had 2 surgeries since with one on the way and are still experiencing complications due to HELLP syndrome. I believe that more research needs to be done and every ob-gyn should be made aware of how dangerous HELLP syndrome is.
Thank you for starting this website and for the work that everyone is doing!!!
Loretta from Plainfield
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