Saturday, November 08, 2003

Times Online - Clue to Cause of Pre-eclampsia ... I nearly died from pre-eclampsia in 1989 so when I saw this news story listed on google news this morning I just had to click the link.

Its amazing, how many of us wouldn't be here if it were not for the wonders of modern day medical science.

I am one of those people. I would have died in 1989 were it not for life-saving medical help. My pre-eclampsia would have taken me out if it were not for the pitocin-induced birth, and of course my now-14yo daughter would have died at that time too. My 13yo son would never have existed.

After my daughter was born the pre-eclampsia got worse instead of better (unusual complication) and I had specialists working on me. Obviously my life was saved.

Keith, my dh, would also be dead if it were not for the bounties of modern medical science. He's diabetic.

So here we are, an entire household of people thankful for the amazing advances of medicine within the last century.

Thank you God!

Anyhow, in case they remove the information from the Times Online site I am keeping it here so I don't forget what nearly killed me:
THE cause of a deadly and common complication of pregnancy — pre-eclampsia — may have been found.

The condition causes expectant women’s blood pressure to soar and giving birth is the only solution.

Reading University scientists say it is caused by the placenta trying to improve its blood supply from the mother.

They told the Society for Endocrinology that if the placenta fails to develop, it releases a chemical that makes the mother pump the blood harder into the womb. They hope the breakthrough will lead to earlier treatments.

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