Why do doctors sometimes say "We can only save one of them" when in a mother-child situation?
Sheila Ramsey, Recovery Coach 2018 is a United States Registered Nurse. She has been practicing this carer since 1984 to date. With pleasure, she is attending to one of the critical questions a medical personnel could ever attend to.
Ramsey would be talking into Why do doctors sometimes say “We can only save one of them” when in a mother-child situation?
Aside being a nurse, Ramsey had also being asked the same question in the past.
In her response, she said as follow:
The doctor said that to my husband. “We can’t save them both, which one do you want us to save ? Stunned, scared and speechless. He finally mumbled, save my wife.
We can have another baby. I was too sick and didn’t have a choice. I would have chosen life for my baby.
I had ecclampsia. I was exhausted from induced labor, excessive pushing without any results. My blood pressure was stroke level. I was very edematous and swollen.
I was being supplemented with oxygen mask. My baby and I both were both in distress. My babies heart rate dropped dangerously low.
They decided on an emergency C-section. I was given an epidural and there were complications with it. That delayed the delivery even more.
I vomited on the operating room table. Took two doctors to deliver my son. He was lodged in my pelvic bones with a high transition. He could not progress through my ishial spines.
He was two and a half weeks post term. I never heard him cry. Wasn’t sure if he was dead or alive.
I went into shock post-op. The nurse thought I was having baby shakes. My last memory was the doctor taking my blood pressure.
“Shock-hell, don’t you know shock when you see it.” Nurse’s weak voice: “I thought she had baby shakes.”
I thought they were going to let me die. That was my last memory until a week later. I was in and out of a coma.
I had to be resuscitated twice during that week.
The only thing I knew was that I was so thirsty. I begged for water. Felt like I would die if I didn’t get some.
I had gained sixty pounds of fluid. I was having seizures and seeing double. I was given magnesium sulfate and it caused me to see double.
I was kept in a dark ICU room. I don’t recall any visitiors. My mother said she forced them to let her see me. She did not recognize me.
“You’ve taken me to the wrong room, this is not my daughter.” My lip was swollen with my teeth marks across it. I would bite my lip during the two and half hours I pushed trying to vaginally deliver my baby.
My eyes were red from ruptured blood vessels. There was not any white on my eyes. I was a code blue twice and successfully resuscitated.
My son and I both lived. I did not have more children and grateful for the one I was blessed with.
That is what doctors mean. Most women with eclampsia are high risk to die.
Pre-eclampsia is the leading cause of pregnancy related deaths.
Written by Ibraheem Sikiru
Published on 1/25/2020 9:32:15 AM