Lynsey Bell knew her baby was smaller than he should have been when she went for her 28 week scan, however hospital staff told her to try not to worry and to come back in four weeks (at 32 weeks pregnant) for a follow up scan.
Having suffered from pre-eclampsia during her three previous pregnancies, Lynsey was on edge.
The disorder usually develops in the third trimester of pregnancy and is characterised by high blood pressure, fluid retention and large amounts of protein in the urine.
Over the next five weeks Lynsey experienced pain, nausea and swelling.
Eventually she was admitted to hospital in the UK and a doctor performed a scan.
Lynsey’s worst nightmare was confirmed.
There was no movement in the scan and no heartbeat, little baby Rory had passed away.
As husband, Mark tried to comfort Lynsey, a pain ripped through her and she was told she needed to deliver the baby straight away.
Only as she went to deliver, blood came gushing out and the doctor revealed she was haemorrhaging.
Lynsey would need a caesarean.
When she woke up she was told that the doctor had performed a hysterectomy and she’d been transfused with 15 litres of blood.
Lynsey had developed serious pre-eclampsia that had caused her placenta to detach from her womb causing the hemorrhage.
She had also been in a coma for a few days and during this time, baby Rory lay still in her arms.
“For 15 days as I recovered, we saw Rory as much as we wanted,” said the heartbroken mum.
“When it was time for me to be discharged, we visited Rory in the hospital ward and then in the funeral home, and then we took him back to our family.”
The family buried Rory beside Lynsey’s grandfather and mum, Lynsey keeps a candle burning by the grave.
“Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I’d been induced early,” Lynsey said.
“But I try not to let those thoughts consume me. I’ve got three children who need me and I’m lucky to be alive to be their mummy.”
Source The Mirror
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