This is a photo of the first time I held my twins, Arthur & Heidi. It was 33 hours after they were born. I waited 2 days after this picture was taken to see them again.
Minutes after the twins were delivered by emergency c-section I was left fighting for my life in intensive care. HELLP Syndrome, a condition I knew absolutely nothing about had started to attack my organs. My liver, kidneys and lungs had started to fail. My platelet levels had dropped. My blood stopped clotting and I lost a large amount of blood, I was given a blood transfusion.
I hope to help create awareness on this dangerous and potentially deadly illness due to pregnancy and that it may help save the lives of other expecting mothers.
I had an amazing pregnancy. I never suffered from anything apart from slight heartburn. At 33 weeks I woke up feeling dizzy. I had a severe headache. My heartburn was so bad that I gave up even trying to eat. I had trouble seeing properly, I was constantly throwing up. I went to the hospital (maternal-fetal assessment unit). I told them about my symptoms. The midwives checked me for preeclampsia. I did not have protein in my urine or high blood pressure, symptoms of pre-eclampsia. I was told to go home and rest. HELLP Syndrome does not always present the same symptoms of pre-eclampsia even though they consider the two to be related.
My symptoms continued for 2 weeks, I was in and out of the hospital every day until Arthur stopped moving. That is when the hospital carried out an emergency c-section because my liver had started to fail; Arthur’s placenta stopped providing him with the oxygen and nutrients he needed. My husband and I were told by consultants, given 12 more hours without delivery Arthur would not have survived. Thankfully both babies were safely delivered and given the care they needed in NICU.
I am extremely lucky to have survived but so many woman and babies have not been so lucky.
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