We really are so proud and thankful to Kayleigh who has really pushed herself out of her comfort zone to leap out of a plane at 15,000 feet. She is passionate about raising awareness of the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy and in doing so has also raised over £800. Please read Kayleigh’s story and her exhilarating skydive despite a long wait!
My story started in March 2014, we was thrilled to see the second positive line appear on the pregnancy test. A much wanted addition to our family. At around 8 – 9 weeks pregnant (April 2014) I started experiencing pain on my lower right side. Ever the pessimist, I phoned the hospital I just hoped liked ever expectant mother, that everything would be ok. I hadn’t then told anything other than I needed to attend a scan straight away.
My story started in March 2014, we was thrilled to see the second positive line appear on the pregnancy test. A much wanted addition to our family. At around 8-9 weeks pregnant, I started experiencing pain on my lower right side. Ever the pessimist, I phoned the hospital I just hoped liked every expectant mother, that everything would be OK. I wasn’t told anything other than I needed to attend a scan straight away.
I felt numb at the ultrasound, instead of a babies little flickering heart, the screen was filled with emptiness. They couldn’t find my baby so instead I had paperwork to fill in and rushed to surgery.
I had my right Fallopian tube and pregnancy removed. The doctors and nurses were amazing. They have inspired me to become a nurse (which I am currently studying). It was very hard to accept and with the help of friends and family they helped me get through it. However if I had known about the charity this would have been a huge help.
I did a 15,000 feet skydive on 05/05/2019 not only to raise money for the charity but also to raise awareness. I had never heard of an ectopic pregnancy before so how many other people are unaware.
The older I get the more fearful of heights I have become. So I knew I would feel scared. The staff at hibaldstow skydive were amazing and really helped to reassure me. The skydive was one of the best experiences of my life and I’m so glad I got to do it for a good cause. I was meant to do the skydive on the 04/05/2019 we waited 9 hours at the skydiving centre for it then to be called off. My nerves were in overdrive at this point. However the staff called me the next day and managed to squeeze me in last minute, so it all happened really fast I didn’t have much time to think about it. I was the only tandem on my plane the rest just did it for fun which was so great to watch them diving out the plane. When we got to 5,000 feet I remember thinking oh no this is height, my heart was racing but with the reassurance of Ash the gentleman I was diving with I felt in good hands. The initial jumping out the plane was the scariest part and at one point I thought I wasn’t going to get my breath back, we were covered in ice from going through the clouds. Once we were through the clouds the parachute was up and I got about 5 minutes of the most amazing view. I had plenty of supporters cheering me on for my landing. It was one of the most unreal and incredible experiences.
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