Post On Tuesday, November 20, 2018 By Susan Wright


My beautiful daughter-in-law, Shannon, was 34 weeks pregnant with her first child, a boy.

He was to be our first and her parent's first grandchild. Shannon had been put on bed rest at approximately 16 weeks due to a short/incompetent cervix. At that time, she began seeing a high-risk doctor in addition to her regular obstetrician. She did everything they told her to do and was very adamant about protecting her unborn child from delivering too soon. She was feeling so good!

On December 22, 2017, the high-risk doctor told her that she was doing so well and the baby was also doing great so he released her from visits to his office on that day and told her she could resume light activity. On the morning of December 29, 2017 (at 34 weeks), Shannon collapsed at her Mom and Dad's home.

Her brother began resuscitation efforts which were taken over by EMTs when they arrived. This was continued on to the hospital which was a 18-minute trip. Doctors at the ER tried everything they could to revive my daughter-in-law but could not ever revive her.

Asa James sweet little calvesAn emergency c-section was done and our grandson was delivered. He weighed 5 lbs. and 7 oz. at birth. Everything was perfect about him except he had very little brain activity due to the death of his mother. His heart was revived and he was put on life support but after six days he was removed from that and died a few minutes later.

The autopsy report said that my daughter had high blood pressure due to preeclampsia and died from a myocardial infarction.

These past months, my mind has gone over and over these events. There are so many questions that, to me, are still unanswered. I know that medical costs are so high, but if telling this story will help pregnant women and their doctors to insist on every possible test during pregnancy, it is so worth my time to tell...again. Our maternal mortality rate in this country (U.S.) is too high! I pray every day that this does not happen to another family! Thank you for listening.

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