We often forget how vulnerable women can be when giving birth to their child. Even in our time, when medical science has made so much progress, there are many things that can go wrong.
Unfortunately for this family, a rare complication occurred, and they lost their loved one… Keep reading to learn more.
This was the fifth time Kelli Tyler was pregnant. The young mother from Oklahoma was very excited about becoming a mother for the fifth time. She actively posted pregnancy updates.
But shortly after giving birth for the fifth time, Kelli tragically passed away due to a rare complication related to childbirth.
Last week, Tyler changed her profile picture on Facebook as she was preparing to give birth again. One day later, she passed away.
“Amniotic fluid entered Kelli’s bloodstream, and she was losing more blood than she could absorb,” explained Julie Roach, Tyler’s mother. I believe the last words my granddaughter spoke – she said them – were, “I’m about to pass out.”
Amniotic fluid embolism is a “dangerous and potentially fatal complication,” according to the Cleveland Clinic. It can occur during or shortly after childbirth.
The reason it can be deadly is that it is “very difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can be similar to other serious complications during childbirth.”
The Cleveland Clinic website explains that “for reasons generally unknown, some people have a severe allergic reaction to amniotic fluid mixing with their blood.” This reaction can lead to cardiac arrest, uncontrolled breathing, or lung failure.
“She would come back for a minute or two and start coding again,” Mrs. Roach recounted, describing her daughter’s final moments.
Tyler was giving birth to her daughter Jalie at that time. It is not yet known if Jalie will have long-term health complications due to her traumatic birth. The family won’t know “until she grows a bit more.”
“Jalie won’t know her mother in person, but she will know her. We have photos, we have recordings that we’ll play on a loop,” Mrs. Roach said.
The family has set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help cover unexpected medical expenses and daily costs for the care of the newborn and the family during this traumatic time. The fundraiser was launched a week ago and has raised three times the intended amount.
This is such a heartbreaking story. We send the family our best wishes for success in this event. Share this story with others so that more people are informed about this rare complication and are aware of it.