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PostSubject: This could have been me!   Wed 28 Apr 2010, 7:26 pm

I don't know if this is the correct place to post this or not, but had to share this with you. Kelly's story is eerily similar to mine, she had no symptoms apart from the swollen feet, she delivered at the same hospital and everything. I feel absolutely sick; this has really shook me up. It could have been me!

I feel so sorry for her family.

http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/tags/kelly-walmsley/
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PostSubject: Re: This could have been me!   Wed 28 Apr 2010, 7:43 pm

I know how you feel... what a bloody awful tragic waste of life.

Probably the main difference before her story and mine is that I was admitted to hospital just BEFORE my baby died, and therefore her death (the first sign of just how severe my condition was) was both diagnosed fast, and got me extra attention and monitoring, picking up on just how rapidly everything was worsening.

These cases are rare though, even among women like us with early onset severe PE they are still rare x
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PostSubject: Re: This could have been me!   Wed 28 Apr 2010, 8:10 pm

Oh my gosh!Oh mygosh! This story has bought tears to my eyes. Just 18 years of age... My heart goes out to her family and friends and i pray that god gives them the strength to cope and overcome this tragic loss...

Its kind of scared me a bit now...Ive finally got my referral to see a PE specialist to get support before i try to concive for my 3rd child... im not so sure now but then again its maing me think this couldve happened in my previous pregnancies... in my 2nd preg it was me who kind of admitted myself into hospital after constantly looking out for signs of PE...

Gosh....
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PostSubject: Re: This could have been me!   Wed 28 Apr 2010, 8:27 pm

It is just so close to home. I teach her sister too and am absolutely devastated for the whole lot of them.

When I went back to work after Easter we were told Kelly had died, but not what of and I had no idea she was pregnant. I can't believe this, her sister, Jemma, probably would have been at the mass the school held for me and then her sister gets pe again a few months later, but with more tragic consequences. For something that is rare, it's touched my small community twice, both times with horrible consequences.

This has shook me to the bone. I'm absolutely devastated for them all. PE is a horrible, evil monster.

R.I.P Kelly and baby Harley.
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PostSubject: Re: This could have been me!   Wed 28 Apr 2010, 10:04 pm

This is indeed a terribly tragic story of this vile condition stealing what it can.

My thoughts and sympathies to her family and friends.

As Jules so rightly said, thankfully maternal deaths are rare, 5 mums have died in the last year because of PE.
In the last confidential report into maternal deaths all of the tragedies were directly attributed to substandard care. It was further evidence the experts needed to push through NICE the now familiar PRECOG guidelines...and the reason why the guidelines are being reviewed to incorporate DAU guidelines.
Since the introdution of the guidelines there has been a significant decrease in maternal deaths, falling steadilyfrom 16 mums per year.

As many of you will have heard me say before, knowledge is the only real power against this condition. The more we can defend ourselves from PE, the better chance we and our babies have when things do start to go wrong.

Wishing you all peace.
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PostSubject: Re: This could have been me!   Thu 29 Apr 2010, 6:25 pm

What a terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to her family and friends who are having to deal with these two unbearable losses.

I feel very blessed.

xxxx
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