An Unexpected Twist

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by Paul Rochon

Kelly went to the hospital to give birth to her child; but then the unexpected happened. Kelly Hines has been a resident of Kemptville for the past five years. On October 3, 2018, Kelly was in her 36th week of her third pregnancy when she started bleeding. Earlier in the pregnancy, she was diagnosed with Placenta Previa. The baby’s placenta covers the cervix, which is the outlet from the uterus to the birth canal. She had a date for a cesarian delivery.

Due to the bleeding, Kelly went to see her physician. She was advised to go to the Civic Hospital as soon as possible. She returned home for a short period of time and then proceeded to the hospital. An ultra sound was performed to determine the position of the child and placenta.

The next day, October 4, she was taken to the operating room for the C-Section. She was given an epidural, so that she could be awake for the birth of her baby. The delivery went as planned, and she had a healthy baby boy. Unfortunately, Kelly began to bleed from her uterus and it could not be stopped. The physicians tried the Rusch Balloon method. This entails a balloon being inserted in the uterus and filled with a saline solution. Once the balloon is full, it exerts pressure on the blood vessels that supplies the blood to the placenta; if all goes well, it stops the bleeding. In Kelly’s case, that did not happen. She was informed she had lost a large quantity of blood and needed to be operated on to stop the bleeding. There were four units of blood placed on standby in the operating room.

Kelly was given a general anesthetic and the surgery began. The doctors were astonished at the amount of blood she had lost. The source of the bleeding could not be determined and, as a result her cervix, and uterus were removed to prevent further blood lost. Losing more than two units of blood can cause death. She was informed that she received an additional five units of blood. A woman’s body contains between ten and eleven units of blood.

Kelly was in the Intensive Care Unit for twenty-four hours, and stayed in the hospital five more days before being released. Henry, as the baby boy was named, recently celebrated his second birthday.

Kelly is grateful that the Civic Hospital had her blood type. She was a regular blood donor before this event, but now has experienced first hand how it makes a life and death difference for recipients. She is so thankful people gave up an hour of their time to donate. They were the ones that saved her, so that she could be Henry’s mother. Donors actually are giving part of themselves to help others.

Almost everyone in Canada knows someone who has required blood, or blood by-products. Be part of Canada’s Lifeline by becoming a donor. The life you save may be your loved one.

There is a Blood Donor Event in Kemptville every first Monday of each month. To donate go to blood.ca, or call 1-888-2 DONATE.

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