Pulmonary Hypertension Can Present Pregnancy Challenges For Mom & Baby


INCREASES THE CHANCE OF SURVIVE. VERY PREMATURE INHAVEN’TS — INFANTS BENEFIT THE MOST. WHEN DOCTORS TOLD A WOMAN SHE OR HER BABY OR BOTH COULD DIE DURING CHILD BIRTH. MORE ON HOW THEY BOTH SURVIVED AGAINST THE ODDS. JOY HAS A LIFE-THREATENING LUNG CONDITION, A SIDE EFFECT OF CHEMO. SHE DIDN’T THINK MUCH OF IT ASIDE FROM MILD BREATHING ISSUES. I WASN’T FAMILIAR WITH WHAT THE PULMONARY HYPERTENSION WAS. THEN SHE FOUND HERSELF 30 WEEKS PREGNANT AND IN TROUBLE. WE LOOSE 60% OF THE WOMEN WHO HAVE THIS DISEASE. ONE IN EVERY 100,000 PREGNANCIES. THE DR. HAS TAKEN CARE OF ONLY ONE OTHER CASE AND THE WOMAN DIED. JOY’S FAMILY RUSHED HER TO PITTSBURGH TO SEE A CARDIOLOGIST. SHE WENT IMMEDIATELY TO THE KATHARINE WHERE THE PRESSURE IN HER LUNGS WAS HIGHER THAN THE PRESSURE IN HER ARM. THE DOCTOR SAID HER PULMONARY PRESSURE WAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST HE’S SEEN. COMBINED WITH THE PREGNANCY, HIS ESTIMATED MORTALITY RATE WAS 90%. IT AFFECTS THE ART ERIES IN THE LUNGS AND THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HEART. YOUR HEART HAS TO WORK HARDER. THE HEART MUSCLE WEAKENS AND FAILS AND THE CONDITION IS WORSE AND FATAL. FROM THE KATHARINE SHE WENT TO — KATZ LAB SHE WENT TO INTENSIVE CARE. THE DOCTOR WAS TELLING ME ABOUT THE CANS OF US — CHANCES OF US SURVIVING IT WAS HEART WRENCHING. SAVE JOY OR SAVE THE BABY. SHE HAD A 4-YEAR-OLD AND FAMILY COUNTING ON HER. JOY, HER FAMILY, THE CARE TEAM AND THEETICS COMMITTEE FOCUSED ON JOY. IS. IT WAS THE BABY HAD MAJOR DISTRESS, WE HAD TO DELIVER HER, SHE PROBABLY WOULD NOT MAKE IT. WE WOULD MAXIMIZE HER LIFE. IT WOULD TAKE TIME TO GET THE MEDICATIONS WORKING AT THEIR BEST. BECAUSE THE PREGNANCY WAS AGGRAVATING HER CONDITION, THE EARLY DELIVERY WAS THE PLAN. THE GOAL WAS 36 WEEKS, BUT AT 32 WEEKS HER WATER BROKE AND HAD A QUICK, EASY DELIVERY. WE WOULD HAVE TO PUT A BREATHING TUBE, BUT HE DID WELL, CAME OUTCRYING. HE WAS A GOOD SIZE AND FOLLOWED HIS GROWTH CURVE, THEY EXPECT HIS GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT TO BE NORMAL. AFTER A MONTH IN THE HOSPITAL HE’S GOING HOME. AND JOY IS GOING HOME WITH AN INTERVENOUS TUBE IN HER CHEST. IT’S JUST A MIRACLE. I’M GLAD TO BE GOING HOME TODAY

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