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Climb for HELLP

On September 3rd, 2017, Kylie Mohr was preparing to give birth to her and her husband's first child. Kylie’s pregnancy was perfect with no indication of impending complications until just a couple of days before her due date when her blood pressure showed higher than normal, and protein was found in her urine, both key signs of preeclampsia. 

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that effects around 5-8% of pregnancies in the US. Kylie was admitted to the hospital and the obstetrician on call decided to induce her. That’s when things took a turn for the worse.

“They tried everything to get me to go into labor, but nothing worked,” Kylie said. “They broke my water, and at that point, my blood pressure skyrocketed.”

So they decided to deliver her son by C-section – Lincoln was born with a 105-degree fever and immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Meanwhile, Kylie started to lose blood, which led to a diagnosis of HELLP syndrome, a severe form of preeclampsia. HELLP stands for Hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells), Elevated Liver enzymes, and Low Platelet count.

 “One of the side effects of HELLP, your body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells and platelets,” Kylie said.

With her husband Joe staying with Lincoln, Kylie was then transferred to a larger hospital where her condition continued to deteriorate. “Then I started having congestive heart failure,” Kylie said. “I couldn’t breathe and I was in a fog and really tired. It’s all a blur, but I remember telling Mom, ‘You need to call Joe right now.’”

The doctors prepared her for emergency dialysis, inserting a port in her neck. Further testing showed that both of her kidneys were destroyed. Now, as she awaits a kidney transplant, she continues to receive dialysis and relies on a dialysis machine to keep her alive.


Kylie and her mother, Kelli Caudill, had always planned to do a life-changing trek for their 30th and 50th birthdays coming up in 2019. Due to Kylie's continuing health issues, she isn't able to make the trip so her sister Tawney had the idea to take their dream trek and turn it into an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the Preeclampsia Foundation.And so together with sponsorship from the Preeclampsia Foundation, A Climb for HELLPwas born. On February 12, 2019, our team of incredible women will reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro - the tallest free standing mountain in the world. 


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