The lives of a pregnant 25- year-old Or Akiva woman – who had a seemingly
harmless fall but suffered severe internal hemorrhaging – and her baby were
saved a week ago at Hadera’s Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, the hospital recently
The woman, in her 29th week of pregnancy, arrived at the
obstetrical emergency room dangerously weak and on the edge of fainting, the
hospital said on Tuesday. The doctors immediately noticed that she had suffered
from a critical loss of blood and performed emergency surgery to remove her
“It’s hard to believe that something I thought was so
minor could have caused so much damage,” said the woman, who gave birth at the
hospital to a healthy baby girl and has since recovered.
exhausted,” said her husband, who had rushed her to the emergency
room. “Her face was completely pale and she almost didn’t
When she was connected to a monitor, midwife Gila Pinhasov saw
that the fetus was in trouble.
“It was clear that she was at risk of
dying and was taken for immediate surgery,” Pinhasov said.
The couple had
gone to a performance in Caesarea, and at the entrance the wife complained about
a stomach ache.
“At first,” the husband said, “we thought she had gone
into labor. She screamed and begged that I take her to the hospital. A medical
team on the spot called a mobile intensive care unit that ‘flew’ to Hillel
In the surgical theater, surgeons found that her placenta had
separated from the wall of her uterus, a condition that can be critical to the
life of the mother and fetus. A team of experts was alerted and it found that
the source of the bleeding was the spleen.
In a three-hour operation, the
spleen was removed and the premature baby was delivered.
surgery the woman received 10 units of blood. Both the mother and baby
are now in good condition.
The next day, the mother opened her eyes and
asked to see the baby. A week after the traumatic event, she is recovering in
the surgery B department, tired and weak but with a smile on her
The mother recalled that she had slipped in a small puddle of water
and fallen on her knee. “I didn’t think that for that I had to go to the
doctor. The whole pregnancy so far was normal. I went by the book,” she
Dr. Haim David, who treated her, said that “the lesson from this
story is that any fall or blow to a woman during pregnancy should be dealt with
seriously, with a doctor’s examination. Even if you think it’s nothing, be alert
and go for a checkup,” he advised.