Heather’s Story: Heartbreak Turns into A “True Miracle”
Heather had gone through six IVF cycles to get pregnant the first time. But at 17 weeks, she came down with a 72-hour migraine and began to lose her speech. She was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and in a haze heard doctors say she had TTP, a condition that now rolls off her tongue easily: thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a condition where the body’s blood attacks itself and blood platelets diminish. After two months in the ICU, only 27 weeks along, the doctors presented her with the hardest choice a mother can make: her life or the baby’s. Her baby boy was stillborn.
Devastated, but not ready to give up, Heather waited and then did another IVF cycle that failed. A year and a half later she got pregnant naturally. This time, she had the High Risk Pregnancy Center on her side from the very beginning. Our doctors were very familiar with her condition and took the right precautions. When her platelets began to drop at 31 weeks, we immediately admitted her to the ICU.
“The doctors were there every step of the way,” said Heather. “They gave me steroids for the baby’s lungs and my son was born a week later, a healthy 4 pounds, 8 ounces. He is a true miracle.
“Since I was in the hospital so long, I got to know all the doctors at the High Risk Pregnancy Center. Each one brought something to the table. I had not one doctor on my side, but a whole group of doctors fighting for the same goal I had.”
Today Heather and her husband Algis have not only one very happy and healthy son, but a daughter, born 11 months later.