An 18-year-old mother-to-be, Scarlett Holyoake, was six months pregnant when she collapsed and stopped breathing. The pregnant teen had returned home following an ultrasound scan and was excited about the news that she was expecting a healthy baby boy the couple planned to call Rocco. However, the joy was short-lived for expectant father, 20-year-old Sam Moulder, as his pregnant girlfriend would pass away along with his unborn son from a blood clot shortly after learning the sex of their child.
The Daily Mail reports that 18-year-old Scarlett Holyoake was excited about learning that her unborn baby boy was healthy as test results revealed that their baby did not have Down’s Syndrome. The teen, from Risca, South Wales, had just returned home from an ultrasound appointment where she learned the results of the Down’s Syndrome test. The ultrasound showed the baby was healthy and not suffering from any sort of detectable medical conditions. Scarlett’s boyfriend, Sam Moulder, says that the mom-to-be was in good spirits leading up to her death and that she “couldn’t wait to be a mother.”
“We found out the day she died the results of the test to see whether the baby had a chance of having Down’s Syndrome. The results said the baby would be fine. Scarlett couldn’t have been happier before she died. She couldn’t wait to be a mother.”
After returning home from her pregnancy scans, Scarlett collapsed in her family home. However, by the time paramedics got to the scene, Scarlett was no longer breathing. The pregnant teen was rushed to the hospital and later pronounced dead. Rocco, the unborn baby son, was also unable to be saved. The cause of death was determined as Deep Vein Thrombosis, a blood clot in the leg.
What To Expect When You Are Expecting notes that Deep Vein Thrombosis is highest among pregnant women and most often occurs in the left leg. Though pregnant women are more susceptible to DVT, it is still an uncommon complication of pregnancy but one that doctors say patients should know the symptoms of so that they can seek immediate treatment.
“Venous thromboembolism (VTE), which encompasses both deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, occurs in about one in every 1,000 pregnancies. While those numbers make it a relatively uncommon complication, VTE actually crops up five to 10 times more frequently in expecting women than in other women of the same age — and 20 times more frequently in the six weeks after birth. By eight weeks postpartum, your risk should drop back to normal.”
So what are the signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis in pregnant women? The most common symptom of the life-threatening blood clot is a painful feeling in the leg. The pain is described by patients as “a really bad pulled muscle that won’t go away.” Tenderness or warmth in the calf or or thigh along with swelling in the region is also a concerning sign. Rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, and coughing up blood are also symptoms of the life-threatening condition. If a pregnant woman experiences any of these symptoms she is encouraged to seek immediate emergency medical care.
Doctors note that certain groups of pregnant women are more at risk for getting DVT than others. If you are 35 years or older at time of conception, overweight, have a family history of DVT, a smoker or if you are on strict bed rest, your chances of DVT are increased. Sadly, for some pregnant women without any of these pre-existing conditions, such as Scarlett, can also get DVT. Therefore, it is important for women to seek medical care if they experience any of the DVT symptoms during pregnancy.
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