A dentist and a new mother had to be taken by helicopter to a hospital when her organs were closed and she was yellow. was after the delivery.
Louise Double, from Jersey, had a quiet pregnancy until delivery, when she suddenly had pain in her chest and had to be brought to intensive care.
Tests revealed that her liver failed and doctors told her that she needed an immediate transplant or that she would die, Ms. Double said.
She was separated from her newborn daughter, Amelia, and flown from Jersey to London, where she quickly replaced the vital organ.
Doctors said that her illness was probably caused by a rare but serious complication at birth called HELLP, which damages the blood cells.
Now in recovery but weakened and controlled to ensure that her new liver is not rejected, Ms. Double urges more people to become organ donors.
Louise Double (pictured in bed with her daughter, Amelia, after her liver transplant) was rushed to the intensive care unit after delivery because she had pain in her ribs and started to turn yellow – it turned out she had a rare birth complication called HELLP
Ms. Double, 31, has now recovered from the disease, but was severely weakened in her arms, legs, and core muscles after spending two weeks in an intensive care bed.
Ms. Double entered the labor market in June 2018 and spent two days giving birth to her daughter in assisted childbirth because her baby's heartbeat dropped.
After her epidural – an injection to numb part of the body – she began to feel pain in her ribs, but this was originally dismissed as labor pain.
The sensation, however, got worse and doctors rushed Ms. Double to intensive care when they noticed that her skin started to turn yellow after birth.
"The doctors put me on dialysis and talked to some hospitals where they could send me for a specialist treatment, & # 39; said the mother born in Manchester.
& # 39; The decision was taken to fly me to the King's College Hospital two days later, via the RAF helicopter. I remember that I was in a lot of pain in the helicopter, it was very frightening.
• Doctors in both hospitals performed constant blood tests that showed that my liver enzymes were very high [it was failing].
The specialist in King's College Hospital said that it had to be a transplant or probably death. & # 39;
Ms. Double was told that, because her liver was starting to fail, she could also have influenced the function of her kidneys, so she got dialysis to try and rescue her kidneys.
She was told that her condition was most likely caused by a potentially fatal disease called HELLP syndrome.
This is similar to pre-eclampsia and, usually after delivery, causes the mother's red blood cells to break down, reduces the blood clot and triggers liver failure.
Mrs. Double, 31 (pictured with her husband, Dave) said that her pregnancy had been calm alongside morning sickness and psoriasis, until she became seriously ill after birth
In the first month of Amelia's life in KCH, Katherine was doubly critical of an organ donor and sent her to the top of the waiting list.
Her husband, Dave, flew to London to be with her, while the newborn Amelia stayed with family and friends and was taken to London two weeks later.
& # 39; During the failure of the liver I was so swollen that I went from a British size 10 to a size 16, & # 39; she said.
WHAT IS HELLP SYNDROME?
HELLP syndrome is a life-threatening pregnancy complication that causes the breakdown of red blood cells, elevated liver enzymes and a low platelet count.
The most common symptoms of HELLP syndrome are severe headache, nausea, upper abdominal pain or tenderness, fatigue, swelling and high blood pressure.
HELLP syndrome can be difficult to diagnose and its symptoms are sometimes confused with gastritis, flu, acute hepatitis or gallbladder disease.
HELLP syndrome affects less than 1 percent of pregnancies and rarely occurs before the third trimester. It can also be done within 48 hours of delivery.
The birth of the baby is the best way to prevent this condition causing serious complications for mother and baby.
Some experts believe that HELLP syndrome is related to preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication that causes high blood pressure.
& # 39; It was terrible because, instead of spending time with my new family, I was alone in a room in a hospital ward.
& # 39; I initially had no connection with my daughter because I was too busy with being sick in the hospital.
"Separated and sick, has delayed me from binding to her, and not only were we separated, but I was unable to breastfeed, which upset me."
The condition came from nothing for Mrs. Double, who said her pregnancy was normal, except for morning sickness and psoriasis.
& # 39; I worked full-time until I was 38 weeks pregnant & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; I had severe psoriasis on my skin during my pregnancy, which was very itchy. In hindsight, this itch could have been a sign of liver disease in the beginning.
& # 39; At the moment there is no way to confirm 100 percent what went wrong, but most post-partum tests indicate that it was most likely HELLP.
& # 39; This was the best assumption the doctors came up with, but it was not clear if it was entirely that or perhaps sepsis at the time of delivery. & # 39;
Ms. Double has recovered since her transplant, but she was severely weakened by the two weeks she had spent a hospital bed.
And as a recipient of an organ transplant, she needs to be monitored for a long time to check that her new liver continues to work and is not rejected by her body.
Ms. Double said: & # 39; My legs and arms suffered muscle wastage for two weeks in the intensive care unit, my scar took a long time to heal and I got some PTSD.
Ms. Double, who spent the first two weeks of her daughter's life in the intensive care unit, said she was angry because she did not have the chance to connect with Amelia and breastfeed her.
Ms. Double said she now regularly uses medication to ensure that her new liver is not repelled by her body and that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder because of her ordeal.
Ms. Double said that one of her only side effects of pregnancy was itchy psoriasis, which she now thinks is an early sign of problems with her liver.
& # 39; I will need blood tests to continually check if my liver shows signs of failure or rejection in the future.
& # 39; It took a long time to become physically stronger, at least five months.
I still can not sit up, because I have been told not to do any abdominal exercise, and sometimes I can not pick up Amelia, so I need someone to help.
& # 39; I am now on strong medication indefinitely to try and avoid rejection and my risk of infection and cancer is now much greater. & # 39;
After her ordeal, Ms. Double urges more people to register as an organ donor.
It is important that donors from all walks of life come to create more opportunities to find matches with all blood groups, especially rare ones, & # 39; said Mrs. Double.
I certainly never expected to be in this situation, so if you were to be saved in a situation of life or death, you should consider whether it is morally right not to be a donor. & # 39 ;