Rapid Care Saves Mom and Baby

Late in June 2013, at her baby shower, Kristina noticed a little pain in her side but she assumed it was just part of pregnancy because her due date was just over one month away. On the night of July 4th, she felt severe pain in her stomach and decided to go to the hospital where her OB was on staff. There she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and sent home with no medication. The nurses in the ER told her to drink lots of water. Less than 24 hours later she felt ill again. She waited for her husband to come home from work and went back to the same hospital. She had a fever, severe pain in her stomach and had been throwing up for five hours.

Again, the ER team told her that she had a urinary tract infection but this time they said she also was dehydrated. They did not admit her and sent her home with medication and again told her to drink a lot of water. Kristina says she had urinary tract infections in the past and the symptoms she had this time were not the same as what she had experienced in the past. The staff at the hospital told her that "urinary tract infections are different when you are pregnant. Go home and take it easy."

Kristina told herself she was over-reacting and she resolved not to return to the hospital. She would "stick it out" until she went into labor. Kristina's mother came to stay with her, because Kristina's husband works nights. At 10 p.m. the same day she had been at the hospital, Kristina could not sleep at all. The pain in her stomach was terrible. "My stomach was on fire," says Kristina. "My mother asked me what I wanted to do. Centennial Hills Hospital is just two blocks from my house, so at 3:30 a.m. we went there," she explains.

Arriving at Centennial Hills

Kristina went to the ER at Centennial Hills Hospital and was moved to the maternity area. The fever had gone away but the pain had not. After a nurse performed a test on Kristina by touching her stomach, the nurse immediately called a doctor. "The nurse told me that I turned white when she touched me and I almost fell off the table," says Kristina. The doctor told Kristina she needed emergency surgery ”an emergency C-section and an appendectomy ” because she had appendicitis. The day was July 6, 2013. "They delivered my daughter, Hailey, five weeks early," says Kristina. She weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces.

As a precaution they kept her in the NICU for six days with an antibiotic drip. "After five days I was sent home, but my daughter stayed for two more days. The hospital staff and NICU staff were so wonderful," says Kristina. "They really wanted me there for every feeding and because I live so close, I was able to be there," says Kristina. "I am living proof that the Valley Health System cares. The staff listened to me. They heard what I was saying. They understood my concerns and they were there for me from the minute I walked through the door," continues Kristina.

Grateful for Her Care

"I was so grateful that the doctor listened to me and he heard what I was saying. I knew something was wrong and he and the nurses at Centennial Hills Hospital cared enough to listen to me and make sure I was going to be okay and so was my baby," says Kristina. "He told me after the surgery that my stomach was filled with infected fluid and I was close to being septic. They were extremely concerned that my daughter also could be affected by the infection and sepsis,"says Kristina. "After they delivered Hailey, they took her right out of the operating room and they continued with my appendectomy. They saved my life and my baby's." Today Hailey is ten months old. "She is perfectly healthy. My husband said 'if it wasnt for Centennial Hills Hospital, not only would I have lost you, but I would have lost my family. Both of you would be gone.'"