At the age of 22, the mother of two Kiera Elton's dreams of having a large family and experiencing a pregnancy with her friends were over.
She had had two somewhat unexpected but welcome pregnancies, both of which ended in difficult births to deliver her dear daughter and son, Lillian and Lochlann.
A week after her first birth, Kiera, a Brit who lived with her 26-year-old husband in Canada, started bleeding blood clots and it appeared that she had not completely passed the placenta.
Three weeks after the second, the same: she lost a liter of blood, had two blood clots the size of golf balls in her womb, and slowly faded.
Doctors were forced to perform a life-saving uterus removal, remove her uterus and end her chances of becoming pregnant again.
Unlike most 22-year-olds, Kiera already had two children, which she considers to be the only consolation.
But that does not make the loss, sadness and shock easier, she says.
Kiera Elton, 22, (photo) hopes to normalize the young hysterectomies and to make contact with other women in the same situation. She had an emergency hyperectomy on June 5
Kiera, pictured with husband Preston and their daughter Lillian, had hoped for a large family
The couple now has two children, but Kiera says she is still grieving the loss of the ability to have more children
& # 39; Initially I was just happy that I had two children and I could raise my family without any problems. I was grateful that the doctors had waited no longer and had just completed the operation, & Kiera said.
& # 39; Once it started sinking, it really hurt me and still. We always wanted more children, so knowing that I can never get pregnant again makes me emotional. Most of my friends have not had children for years, so I am sad that I will not have a pregnancy with them.
& # 39; With a hysterectomy at such a young age it was an eye-opener. I'm turning 23 this year and I can't have any more children, which is heartbreaking. I have seen the ring signal and the back and I am not yet 25.
& # 39; I know one day my children will ask me for another brother or sister and it will be very difficult to say no. But at least because they are still young, I will have years to prepare myself mentally. & # 39;
Kiera & # 39; s delivery of Lochlann (photo) was fairly smooth, but she got blood clots in her womb and did not completely cross the placenta
Kiera and Preston after welcoming Lochlann. Kiera endured in and out of the hospital for more than a week, fainting and bleeding
Kiera, born in Milton Keynes in southwestern England, met Preston in 2014 and they now live in Alberta, Canada.
She was 20 when she became pregnant with Lillian in 2017 and gave birth on 23 February 2018.
After the birth of Lillian, Kiera lost a lot of blood and doctors discovered that she still had some placenta in her.
It meant that she needed a widening and curettage (known as a D&C, which is also used in an abortion) to remove the remains.
A week later, Kiera became blood vessels again and passed large blood clots, which required a new D&C.
After the birth of Lillian, Kiera lost a lot of blood and doctors discovered that she still had some placenta in her. It meant that she needed a widening and curettage (known as a D&C, which is also used in an abortion) to remove the remains. A week later, Kiera became blood vessels again and passed large blood clots, which required a new D&C
Seven months after welcoming Lillian, Kiera and Preston discovered they were pregnant again and their son, Lochlann, was born on May 12, 2019, weighing 8lb 3oz
Nurses hoped that the second operation would stop Kiera's heavy bleeding, but as a new week passed, she started bleeding again and was admitted for another operation.
Kiera was sent home with a coil, which can help control uterine bleeding, and yet, two weeks later, the bleeding came back.
Kiera fainted in her bathroom and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, but she refused surgery and demanded a blood transfusion, showing that her hemoglobin was only 69, but a healthy level is over 120.
Seven months after welcoming Lillian, Kiera and Preston discovered they were pregnant again and their son, Lochlann, was born on May 12, 2019, weighing 8lb 3oz.
After a smooth delivery, the placenta apparently came out of one piece, much to Kiera's relief.
Three weeks later, Kiera started bleeding heavily and started looking for a new ultrasound, highlighting a pair of retained placenta in the top of her womb – the same place where the previous preserved placenta was.
After Kiera had lost a liter of blood, doctors had to prevent further blood loss and they opted for an embolism of the uterine artery to stop the blood flow to the uterus.
After Kiera lost a liter of blood, doctors had to prevent further blood loss and they opted for an embolism of the uterine artery to stop the blood flow to the uterus
Doctors put a balloon in the womb of Kiera and filled it with 500 ml of saline. As the balloon expands, it stops blood flow through the cervix. This temporary solution gave the doctors more time to work out a more permanent solution. But the next day she started bleeding again and doctors were left with an alternative than to perform a hysterectomy
This involved the introduction of a balloon into the womb of Kiera and filled it with 500 ml of saline. As the balloon expands, it stops blood flow through the cervix. This temporary solution gave the doctors more time to work out a more permanent solution.
& # 39; My doctor spoke to a radiologist and they wanted to continue with a uterine embolism to cut off most of the blood flow to the uterus, & # 39; said Kiera.
& # 39; They filled my uterus with a balloon filled with saline to contract my uterus to stop the bleeding. My doctor stayed with me to slowly remove the balloon after the procedure and ensure that I did not bleed to death. Fortunately it went well, and I was sent home after a blood transfusion.
& # 39; I felt disappointed in my body and all I could think of were my baby's & # 39; s home and how much time I was away from them. & # 39;
But the next day she started bleeding again and doctors were left with no alternative but to perform a hysterectomy to remove Kiera's & # 39; s uterus, just 22 years old, on June 5 this year.
& # 39; They believed my body would continue to bleed if they did not take action, & # 39; said Kiera.
& # 39; They tried everything to stop the bleeding, but it didn't work. In the end it was the best option, because if they did not come out, I would have become septic and probably died. & # 39;
Kiera wants other women to be aware of the potential complications she is not prepared for, and to dispel stigma surrounding postpartum conflicts
Kiera, pictured with Lillian, now shares her story and daily experiences on Instagram
Kiera & # 39; s doctor suspects, from her cursory analysis after surgery, that Kiera's uterus was infected, but a full pathological report will confirm what was going on.
For now, Kiera shares her story to make other women aware of the potential complications for which she was not prepared and to dispel the stigma surrounding postpartum battles.
& # 39; I want women to argue for themselves after having a baby and if you feel that something is wrong, have your doctor do something. If you experience abnormal bleeding, consult your doctor immediately, & Kiera said.
& # 39; I want women to know that you should not define a hysterectomy. Hysterectomies change life no matter why or when you have one. & # 39;
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