I was giving birth to my first child when I felt a sudden 'sense of doom' – I died twice that day after bleeding out
A MOM revealed that the happiest day of her life quickly took a turn for the worse when she almost died while giving birth.
Kayleigh Summers, who self-identifies as the birthing trauma mama, developed amniotic fluid embolism (AFE), a very rare yet serious condition.
Taking to TikTok, the AFE survivor shared: "During labor with my first and only child, I was 10 centimeters and ready to meet my baby when I suddenly didn't feel well.
"I told my nurse and she said that feeling sick during the transition was normal.
"She quickly grabbed me a bad to throw up in and double-checked my vital to be safe.
"I then said no, something is really wrong. Something is really wrong with my heart!"
She then claimed in her video that when the nurse turned to her to reassure her that she was ok, she completely collapsed.
"I immediately went into cardiopulmonary arrest. I was experiencing an amniotic fluid embolism and required CPR two different times for a total of 12 minutes."
She then claimed she had to be put on an ECMO machine to help oxygenate her blood, had an Impella device put in to help her heart work properly, had a total hysterectomy, and needed more than 140 units of blood.
She added: "To clarify, my nurse did everything right to save my life that day.
"This is about intuition and experiencing the weirdness that is the 'sense of doom.'"
According to the National Organization of Rare Diseases, AFE "is an extremely rare, but life-threatening complication that affects pregnant women shortly before, during, or immediately following labor and childbirth.
"Most instances occur during labor. In this disorder, it is hypothesized that a pregnant woman has a severe, allergic reaction to amniotic fluid or other fetal material such as fetal cells, which enter the mother’s bloodstream.
"Amniotic fluid embolism is unpredictable and no risk factors have been identified. AFE can cause a severe, rapid decline in the mother’s health."
It's also reported that the survival rate for this condition is very low, making Summers' survival a miracle.
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