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Mum almost killed by unborn baby's fingernail

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:47 PM

BORN five weeks premature, twins Amelie and Ava only just made it into this world after being resuscitated with oxygen.

But they're not the only ones who are lucky to be alive.

Their mother Angela Cottam almost died after a suspected fingernail or hair from one of them passed into her bloodstream during their birth.

The rare condition - which affects only one in 80,000 births - caused 32-year-old Mrs Cottam to suffer severe internal bleeding and her lungs collapsed.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

Shared this with my two pregnant friends.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:26 PM

Having a baby can be dangerous even today.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:29 PM

Pass this around to teen girls, to me, that's bloody effective birth control right there in that story. :o Glad she and the babies are alright though!

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:59 AM

Oh dear, but it's great that she and her babies made it out alright.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:06 PM

Good to know mommy and babies are safe :)

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:59 AM

I know this may be a little off topic, and I dont want to hijack a thread so apologies. If any one wants this removed, mods, feel free to do so.
The story reminded me of what we went through with George, not the fingernail problem but the prematurity. He was 12+6 weeks prem.

If any one knows any "kids" who want a baby, take them to the special care baby unit of the local hospital and believe me their eyes will be opened.

Would post before and after pics but may distress some people.

The things they can do today in hospitals is amazing, especially with premature babies.

If what I type offends you, don't see it as an attack, but as my opinion.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:10 PM

View PostHilander, on 14 January 2013 - 10:26 PM, said:

Having a baby can be dangerous even today.

Even today,having a baby means one foot is in the grave the entire time you are pregnant,and just after.

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