Brooke Campbell, a 27-year-old mother from California, was hopeful and optimistic as she and her beloved spouse, Elliott, were expecting their second child. However, in August of 2017, she suffered a heavy hemorrhage and lost 1.7 liters of blood, almost killing her. She was 36 weeks pregnant when it happened. What broke her completely, was that the incident caused her to suffer a stillbirth.
“I looked at the ultrasound screen and could see Darcy’s lifeless body just hanging there inside me. There are no words but gut-wrenching and a vivid picture in my mind that I will never forget. It was too late to do anything as he was already gone.”
“The placenta just blew off from the uterus wall, causing Darcy to go into cardiac arrest. And he passed away due to no oxygen. I was in complete shock and I just didn’t believe it. But I knew while we were waiting for the ambulance at home with the amount of blood and clots I was losing and that I couldn’t feel him… something was very very wrong.”
Brooke also narrated that Elliott was distraught upon learning the tragic news of her stillbirth. He was in disbelief at first, but sobbed after it finally sank in. Brooke shared:
“I still remember the look on Elliot’s face when he walked into the room and I said: ‘Darcy is gone, he doesn’t have a heartbeat.’ He just said ‘No you’re wrong, how does this happen?’ He just dropped to the floor hysterically crying. He took it really badly. Three nurses helped him back to his feet.”
The mother also expressed how heartbreaking it was for her as well. After seeing their lifeless child, she cuddled with him because she “wanted him to gasp and take his first breath.”
“Darcy would be gone when he came out it killed me so much. I was holding Darcy so tightly and sobbing. My heart felt like it was shattered beyond repair.”
Brooke revealed that the tragic demise of their second child could have been prevented if only she had undergone blood tests, which could have detected her genetic coagulation disorder, Factor V Leiden. She advised other expectant moms out there to undergo tests during pregnancy.
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