Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The gift of life

This is a heart-warming story that started off scary, included some heroic behavior, and ended happily with a bit of sentence to go with your solace.
Gina Walker said she was only a few weeks pregnant with her fifth child when things first started going wrong..

She thought she had a miscarriage but it turned out she had a blood clot.

She said things got worse from there.

"The whole pregnancy was horrific. Every week was a new symptom, a new hemorrhage, a new blood clot, a new this, a new that. The baby was going to have issues," she said.

Eventually, doctors said she had a condition called Placenta Percreta, which occurs in about 1 percent of all pregnancies.


Parker said the medical team was prepared for a lot of bleeding [during the birth] but they had never had a case this complicated.

They expected Gina to need about 10 liters of blood. She required 117. That's roughly about 35 gallons of blood.


Friends, family and hospital staff rushed to donate blood to keep up with the demand.
(from KSAT-12)

The mother survived. And so did the baby. And we all have those friends, family, and hospital staff workers to be grateful to.

Thank you.

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