My overwhelming Joy turned into an overwhelming tragedy
by Patricia Smith
(Bronx, New York, USA)
My 27 year old daughter had her second child, a daughter, one day before my birthday, via natural birth. Kayli-Brooke was my birthday present and we were all overwhelmed with joy, especially mommy, daddy, and Kayli's 8year old brother. Mommy and baby left the hospital only for mother to return 2 days later after experiencing back pain that she says resembled pneumonia. Upon arrival, she informed the medical personnel that she had Sickle Cell Disease and that she had had a Sickle Cell Crisis a year prior which almost took her life. An X-Ray was immediately ordered and Atalactacis was found, "NOT PNEUMONIA", my daughter ecstatically reported to the family. The next day proved to be a different story, unfortunately. Not only was pneumonia present by this time, my baby's blood was sickling, she had Acute Chest Syndrome, she was tachycardic and febrile. The doctors could not find an infection anywhere but they noticed that her oxygen saturation was becomming lower and lower which prompted the Pulmonology Fellow to order her to be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. Once in ICU she had to have a Blood Transfusion and 2 Plasma Transfers. She eventually was intubated after her oxygen saturation dropped all the way down to 70, she subsequently developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Exactly 2 weeks and 5 days after giving birth to her precious baby girl my beloved daughter went into total Renal and organ Failure. I was then faced with the heartwrenching decision to remove her off of life support. Although it is my belief that my daughter made her transition days before, she was officially declared dead on August 17th, 2014, my youngest child, her 4 year old brothers birthday.