Doctors managed to save two unborn babies’ lives after their mother died of heart failure when she was 32-weeks pregnant.
Kelly Forrest, 36, of Hull, England, had a family history of heart trouble. A few days before she died in June 2014, she went to the Hull Royal Infirmary after feeling breathless, hot and dizzy, the Daily Mail reports.
The hospital gave her medication and sent her home with instructions to return if she felt worse. A few days later, an ambulance rushed her back to the hospital where she died of dilated cardiomyopathy, according to the report.
Her mother, Ann Campbell, said the only good thing that came out of the tragic situation was Forrest’s twin sons, who doctors were able to save. Doctors delivered the 32-week twin boys by cesarean section. Today, their grandmother helps care for them and their three older siblings.
“The only positive from this horrendous situation has been the two beautiful boys that were added to our family. Kelly was a fantastic daughter and mother,” Campbell said.
“We tell the boys mummy is an angel and in heaven. She will certainly be looking down on them and she would have loved every minute of them,” she continued.
The mother and grandmother said she still is upset about Forrest’s death. She said the hospital should have taken better care of her daughter after she told them about their family history of heart disease.
An investigation found that the hospital did make a mistake by not putting details about Forrest’s family medical history on its electronic records system; however, this error did not contribute to her death, the report states.
Lawyer Nicola Evans who represented Forrest’s family said the case should serve as a lesson for expecting moms and medical teams.
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“[It] acts as a warning to other patients and mothers to not be afraid to repeat their concerns and ask questions of their care at all times,” Evans said.
Campbell said her daughter would have wanted the public to be aware of her situation and to help prevent it from happening again.
“She was very strong headed and wouldn’t hold back on her opinions and thoughts, so she’d expect us to speak out and highlight what happened,” Campbell said.