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‘When my water broke, it was all blood. Something was very, very wrong.’: Woman and son nearly die in ‘traumatic birth’ due to undiagnosed pre-eclampsia and HELLP

“The nurse brought me an oxygen mask. I remember thinking, ‘I’m not going to die, not today!’ and fought off the mask. My mom took my hand, came to my bedside, and said, ‘It’s not for you, it’s for Henry.’ I grabbed the mask and rallied. When everything else in my body was failing me and beginning to shut down, I pushed two times harder and fought to keep him alive.”

‘I remember the specific moment he wasn’t going to make it. The nurse placed her hand over my back. I shrieked. She knew what I knew. I fought back every tear trying to escape my terrified eyes.’ Woman surprised with pregnancy after husband’s death

“To be honest, I had already suspected it, but to hear it from his mouth made it real. The night we celebrated his life, I took a pregnancy test. It was positive. It felt like a complete surprise, until I went for the ultrasound. The screen flashed. My heart literally skipped a beat. July 27th was the due date. Jesse’s birthday.”

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