12th December

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. 

Please share Natasha's story and support her in raising awareness for HELLP syndrome.

For more information about HELLP Syndrome, visit our complications page or preeclamsia.org