Molly had pre-eclampsia (a condition during pregnancy with high blood pressure) when she went to the hospital in labor. The day after his delivery, Molly then developed a very rare but life-threatening condition – HELLP syndrome – which resulted in a large bleed on the right side of her brain. Luckily, as Molly was confused and somnolent, an OB/GYN resident realized what was happening quickly. A neurosurgeon was called and Molly was taken for emergent surgery to take part of her skull off to allow the swelling in her brain to happen without further damage. Molly was then kept in a medically induced coma for several days to help her brain heal. During this time Molly was very ill and many of her organs shut down (including her kidneys; she needed several blood transfusions and many medications).
Since this time, Molly has woken up and it is unclear what the future holds for her. While she was initially confused and missing large chunks of her memory, she seems to be making rapid progress. She will require at least several weeks to months of inpatient rehab focusing on cognitive therapies. Unfortunately, the closest neuro-rehab facility is in Edison (about an hour away) and will place an additional burden on the new family. Molly will also require many specialist appointment, outpatient therapies, and medications after being discharged home. She will need another surgery in about 3 months of have her skull replaced (and until this time she has to wear a protective helmet while out of bed).
While we are all hopeful for a full recovery, we are unsure of many variables, including how long Molly will be in inpatient rehab, insurance coverage, and if Molly will be able to able to return to work, and/or take care of herself and Ryder when she does go home. We are hoping this will ease some of the burden in her journey towards recovery. Thank you all in advance for your support!
- Donna and Mark Volker-Swenarton
- Jill Pyanoe
- Marta Seidel
- Robbin Kirk
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