02/04/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
California – A baby delivered three weeks early was born without much of her blood due to a fetal-maternal hemorrhage. As reported by ABC News, doctors say the hemorrhage caused 80 percent of the blood to drain from the body of Jennifer Juarez’s baby Hope when she was delivered in December.
The condition caused her to be extremely pale at birth with a hemoglobin level of 3.8, well below the average which doctors say should be between 10 and 15.
Juarez is quoted as stating of her child, “When they first pulled her out, she looked perfectly fine… But she was ghost white. She was breathing like a normal baby, but she had no color to her–not even pink.”
Dr. Marielle Nguyen, a neonatologist at Kaiser Permanente, Irvine Medical Center, where Hope was delivered, says indications suggest the baby will not have the problems that many born when a fetal-maternal hemorrhage has taken place do.
Nguyen is quoted as stating, “We have seen this, but not often… In Hope’s case, her outcome was beautiful because it was the classic textbook case they tell you about. The mom knew right away that she had a clue something was wrong. She couldn’t feel the baby move. And she came in right away and we delivered the baby. If we had waited any longer, the outcome would have been different.”
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