I found this strange picture via a search for on Google for a SAD picture. I am troubled and sad today after reading a story that was sent to me by a reader. It turns out that she had a pregnant daughter who was giving birth to brand new baby girl via a c-section. The apparently complained to the doctor that she had chest pains. She was sent home and complained of continuous chest pains and I am told they told her it was gas and the swelling in her feet/ankles would go away in 2 weeks. It turns out that she was trying to pass that so called “gas” in the rest room at their home and died there. She leaves behind a loving mother and the husband and baby girl will never be able to enjoy having their mother around.

This is completely outrageous! Moreover, it could have been prevented. For starters, I believe this pediatricians are clueless when it comes to even knowing what an Aortic Dissection is to begin with. Furthermore, this isn’t the first story that I have heard of a women having an aortic dissection during her giving birth to the child. If the patient had been complaining of chest pains, a “red” light should have gone off on a well trained pediatrician’s head! However, hers a classic case that a clueless doctor was only concerned about delivering a baby and not paying attention to the mother.

I am very sorry for this family and there pain from all this-pain that will linger for a lifetime. The mother of the daughter giving birth is beside herself for not going back to the ER as the pediatrician said it was just gas and it would pass. Again, a fatal mistake here! However, who’s to say that even if she’d made it to the hospital that she would have got the appropriate care as she was a ticking time bomb!

We need to insist that there is more attention brought to the forefront about this possible condition where a women could have an aortic dissection while giving birth and that the doctor delivering the baby had better be trained to at least have something register with them that due to the extreme about of pressure  giving birth, the aorta could dissect!

I hope that we can really do something here! It’s a terrible thing to have this happen to anyone.

Brian Tinsley