Jace's Journey

Post On Monday, June 10, 2019 By Tomeka Isaac

Jace's Journey
On May 14, 2018, my husband and I were faced with the news no parent ever wants to hear. Our son, Jace Alexander, had no fetal heartbeat. He was due in exactly one month. As we processed this news, we were dealt with another blow, I was very sick. I was diagnosed with H.E.L.L.P Syndrome (Hemolysis Elevated Liver Enzymes Low Platelet) which is pretty much pre-eclampsia on steroids, and I was dying. I had a hematoma on my liver the size of a soft ball and almost a liter of blood in my abdomen. It would take several surgeries, 7 to be exact, an amazing surgical team and many prayers for me to leave the hospital 45 days later. What we uncovered after, was that our son’s death and my sickness could have been prevented. Not by some expensive medical procedure but by a urine test. Yep, peeing in a cup. My OB had not taken a urine sample since my third appointment which was 11/30/17. I had been put on an aspirin regimen because I was high risk due to my age of 40. Although my blood pressure never elevated higher than 126/80 our son had shown signs of me being pre-eclamptic. On May 4, they advised he was measuring small and I was sent to MFM for an ultrasound. On May 10, he failed the NST and I was again sent to MFM for another ultrasound. No other tests were conducted at either of these appointments. Within four days Jace was gone and I was in critical condition. Tomeka bravely shared her story with her local news outlet. You can see that story here.
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