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   Jennifer's Story


On Aug. 4, 2011 my husband and I kissed our two daughters goodbye for the night, and told them Mommy was going to have a little baby brother.

We went to Banner Thunderbird where we had a planned c-section with Dr. Scott Gulinson. Everything was going so smoothly, and I was feeling great! My husband and I were excited to have our 3rd child, and the nurses shared in our joy.

As we were getting processed, and prepared for the c-section, our anesthesiologist came in and introduced himself as Dr. Reid. I believe he was our first blessing. I explained that all went well, but that I was anemic and did suffer some abnormal blood loss. In reaction to this,

(The c-section went well) Then, I heard my little boy cry for the first time! My husband went to see the baby, and stayed with him while the wonderful nurses assisted the doctor and with the baby. Dr. Reid continued to ask about my comfort, and assured that I was doing well.

Shortly after seeing my baby, I started to shake. I felt very cold, and knew something wasn't right. 

I was in surgery for more than five hours. Turns out my uterus wouldn't contract to stop the bleeding, and I was losing a lot of blood. Dr. Gulinson did everything he could to stop the bleeding, but I wasn't doing well. Thankfully, Dr. Reid had prepared those 2 units of blood, and I was given those in the OR - possibly the biggest blessing of the night.

After trying multiple things to stop the bleeding, Dr. Gulinson consulted with my husband and they determined the only way to stop the bleeding and save me was to remove my uterus. My uterus was removed, I was stitched up, and sent to the ICU to recover.

Eventually, when I was feeling ok, and the ventilator was out, the nurses gave my husband and I some time to visit without interruption. My husband tearfully told me that they had to remove my uterus. We had wanted 6 children, so this was very hard news for us to take.

The nurses had all been told what happened by my ICU nurse, so I didn't have to go through the burden of telling everyone. All the nurses just understood and greeted me with smiles, encouragement, and love.

I am so incredibly grateful for all those at Banner Thunderbird who took care of me, my husband, and my newborn son. From the intake staff, to Kim who checked me in, Dr. Gulinson and Dr. Reid, the nurses who cared for my son while I was in the ICU, and to all the nurses who took care of me, I never met anyone less than willing and ready to assist me and my family, both physically and emotionally.

Thank you, Banner Thunderbird and staff for saving me, and for the most wonderful experience one could expect to have considering the circumstances. I will forever be grateful, and will remember all those who cared for me. Thank you.

Submitted Aug. 20, 2011

Page Last Modified: 01/18/2012
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