Callie found out there was a problem with her pregnancy at 15 weeks.
She started bleeding heavily, and when she went to the hospital, she was told that her baby could come at any time and probably wouldn't survive. “They put me in the pregnancy wing. Here we were in this room, surrounded by women giving birth and babies crying and we were told that Quinn had no chance of survival and we were just waiting to give birth to him,” she told South West News Service. “It was a solemn few weeks.”
Her baby was stillborn.
Doctors decided to induce labor. “They broke my waters and he was born. Quinn was too tiny to survive--he went straight to heaven,” she said. Callie almost didn't survive herself. After the stillbirth, she was in a bad way.
Usually after a mother gives birth, the placenta detaches from the uterine wall, but with placenta accreta, all or part of the placenta stays attached and can cause severe bleeding. “My uterus was hemorrhaging blood,” Callie said. “Doctors were pumping blood into me as soon as it was flowing out.”
Callie developed septic shock.
Callie developed an infection in her uterus that led to septic shock, a condition that causes blood pressure to plunge and organs to shut down. The infection in her uterus started to spread throughout her body. “My world went black. That infection overrode my entire body,” she said. “They had to take out my uterus. The sepsis shut down my kidneys and my lungs so I was on a breathing machine.”
Thanks to a GoFundMe campaign, Callie can finally get a custom wheelchair.
When her insurance company would not come through for the custom wheelchair, someone set up a GoFundMe campaign. Part of the description of the campaign reads:
"She had a custom made wheel chair built for her, but the insurance company denied her claim. Her current wheelchair is borrowed. Because it doesn’t have guards around the wheels, it destroys her clothes. Not just that, she can’t push it around other than on a flat surface."
Happily, the campaign's goal has been reached, and Callie can get that custom wheelchair she needs. We thank her for sharing her story and helping to spread awareness of just how dangerous placenta accreta can be.