A woman has shared her heartbreaking story after she suffered an ectopic pregnancy two years ago.
Kerri Stedman, 34, from the UK, was on cloud nine when she discovered she was pregnant in November 2015.
However, on December 9, she started bleeding and after two days, she had an ultrasound and was told the pregnancy was possibly ectopic.
Kerri was admitted to hospital and she collapsed and was rushed for an emergency surgery. Doctors saved her life, but not her baby. “Our baby died. I nearly died,” she wrote on a placard in a video she uploaded on Facebook.
She said she felt “numb” at the time, she says she felt guilty, sad, and angry at the time and the grief only hit later. She writes on her JustGiving page:
“In the space of a few hours we had not only lost our baby but we lost our future plans.
“I would never hear my baby cry, or see their first smile.”
As she struggled to deal with these emotions, Kerri said she felt alone. “There was nowhere to go for support. Just like there is no awareness. In memory of our baby, we want to change that,” she wrote.
Her video has now earned more than 100,000 views.
For a pregnancy to continue, it needs to develop inside the uterus, but an ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy located outside the womb. Unfortunately, an ectopic pregnancy cannot continue to full term because if a pregnancy is located in the fallopian tube, it can rupture the tube, leading to internal bleeding in the mother. That bleeding can be life threatening if not treated, Dr Sgrio said.
Now, to raise awareness and funds for ectopic pregnancy, Kerri is completing a 1000km challenge, which she plans to “walk/run” over a 12-month period.
Through this challenge, Kerri hopes she can turn her experience into “something positive”. “It might not help us, but if it prevents someone from feeling alone in the future I will be happier,” she said.