It was a given fact that giving birth by a woman puts her more to risk than safety. Not only because birth pains and maternity labor are sometimes so unbearable where passing out unconscious was almost inevitable.
amniotic fluid embolism
Those were the fears Stephanie Arnold feels as she was seconds of giving birth to her second child via a C-section delivery. Her heart has become erratic in beating that she coded and was already on a life threatening situation on the operating table. Her heart stops for 37 seconds. She recalled all signal and electrical machines stopped and goes null to zero. Her ob-gyn Dr Julie Levitt and the anesthesiologist called the condition amniotic fluid embolism (AFE). AFE was a maternity delivery condition where the amniotic fluid enters the mother’s bloodstream and can trigger respiratory failure and cardiac arrest. While the incidence was likely to happen, it is however the second leading cause of maternal death in the United States and the United Kingdom. A recent study revealed that 40% of mothers who have it dies from such condition.
a gut feeling about her death
“It was so raw. It was the feeling that I had was I was going to die. There was no question”, Stephanie mentioned. Talking to her anesthesiologist before her surgery she ordered more blood and monitors making sure she did all precautions to keep her self-assured. And after taking deep breaths and savored every moment with her family she goes on with the operation.
rise from the dead
Stephanie and her son Jacob survived the ordeal without permanent damage after six days in coma and weeks for recovery. It was such an experience she lived to tell after her being dead for a while. She now enjoys the bliss of living and experience again the motherhood to her son Jacob who was with her when she encountered death for a moment. Child bearing nowadays are a lot safer, however some mothers still face complications.
|Stephanie and baby Jacob|