The Doctors: What Is Placenta Previa?
The Doctors kicked off their show today by talking about a pregnant woman named Stephanie who had premonitions of her own death. Around the 20 week mark, she was diagnosed with Placenta Previa, which develops when the placenta covers the cervix. It occurs in about 1 out of every 200 pregnancies. That’s when the premonitions of doom started. Stephanie believed her baby would be fine, but she kept having visions of lots of blood and death for herself.
The Doctors: Woman Has Premonitions Of Her Death
After talking to many doctors about her premonitions, all of the doctors attributed it to anxiety. In 97 percent of the cases, placenta previa doesn’t cause complications and certainly no one dies from it. This wasn’t Stephanie’s first pregnancy. But yet for some reason before the pregnancy, she was certain. She wrote goodbye letters to people and asked people about their blood type to find one with her blood type.
Stephanie was finally able to persuade her anesthesiologist to take extra precautions when she went in for the C-section delivery of her son, Jacob. The anesthesiologist requested more blood be available onsite. Stephanie and her husband Jonathan sought out the top gynecological oncology surgeon and signed him up to be their doctor in case of an emergency situation.
“I personally thought I was wasting this doctor’s time. I was wrong,” Jonathan said. When it was time for the C-section, Jonathan was en route from New York to Chicago, where they lived. He was texting his wife and she was terrified to go into the OR alone. “She was certain she was going to die. And she did,” Jonathan said.
The Doctors: What Is An Amniotic Fluid Embolism?
Jonathan and his son, Jacob, came by The Doctors. He said he landed at the airport and rushed to the hospital to find out that his wife’s fears had come true. Then Stephanie came out and joined them on the stage. She was okay, after all. What a rotten trick, The Doctors!
It turned out that during the pregnancy, Stephanie’s heart stopped and she ended up being clinically dead for 37 seconds. Stephanie had a Amniotic Fluid Embolism during pregnancy, which was something that absolutely couldn’t have been predicted prior to the pregnancy. It’s an extremely rare condition caused by amniotic fluid entering the veins through the placenta and the walls of the uterus. When the fluid enters the bloodstream and enters the lungs through the circulatory system, it causes an extreme reaction. It makes it difficult for the patient to breath and harms the lungs and the heart. It’s often fatal.
Her doctors joined The Doctors over the phone and said that Stephanie’s alertness and insistence on being prepared had caused them to be on their A game. It’s possible that without that, she might not have been here today. Stephanie urged women who are pregnant to listen to their bodies and really alert their doctors to anything they’re feeling.