A PREGNANT mum presented unusual symptoms – before eventually tragically losing her twins.
Louise Prashad was six months pregnant when she experienced abdominal pain, nosebleeds, mouth bleeds and yellow skin.
The now 28-year-old said she was thirsty the whole time and ate a packet of popsicles a day.
She went to the hospital several times but was sent home because carrying twins was just more difficult.
But at 37 weeks, she went to the emergency room with vaginal bleeding and was sent home.
The mother-to-be then vomited two liters of blood six minutes after her return.
She was taken back to the hospital and placed in a coma, telling her husband that she had blood poisoning with multiple organ failure.
Eventually, it was discovered that the community worker from Holgate, York, had developed “acute gestational fatty liver,” which affects one in 10,000 expectant mothers.
She had an emergency c-section, but tragically the twins were stillborn.
Louise was only told the news when she woke up three weeks later and described it as “the most traumatic experience of my life.”
Louise said: “Mum came in and broke the news that Mia and Leo were no longer here. I yelled down the store.
“That’s when it all felt real and my brain got the idea that they weren’t there anymore. It was the most traumatic experience of my life.
“I kind of found that inner strength that I needed to get better at, to make sure they had the best send-off possible.
“They deserve so much more than the hand they were dealt.
“It was just about them and celebrating what little bit of life they had. I was stunned.”
Since the stillbirths, Louise has strived to raise awareness about organ donation and liver disease in pregnancy.
She said: “Itchy skin, stomach ache, yellowing of the skinexcessive thirst, fatigue, bleeding gums are all symptoms of liver disease.
“I think if you’re willing to receive an organ, you should be willing to donate.”
“It was through no fault of my own that I got into this situation.
“And if a donor hadn’t been available, I wouldn’t be here and my husband would have lost three people that day.”
Devastated by the loss of her twins, Louise gave up all hope of becoming a mother – and was told she had a one in four chance of fatty liver returning with another pregnancy.
She and restaurant worker Max eventually decided to have another baby and their daughter Ava was born in March 2018.
Louise said: “I never thought I would have another child. When I decided to try again, I had to wait over a year because the drugs I was taking were really harmful.
“We started trying and it took a year and a half. I ended up getting pregnant with Ava but it was the most nerve wracking pregnancy ever. I really struggled to enjoy it.
“The moment I saw her and heard her cry, I thought, ‘She’s actually here and I can stop doubting myself.’
“She’s the spitting image of Mia and Leo, the resemblances are so strange – the dark hair, the same colored eyes, the olive skin, the cute snub nose.”
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