A tubal ectopic pregnancy that ruptured

25 Feb 2024 | By Kerri

In November 2022 I found out that I was pregnant, after having experienced a miscarriage in 2020. To be precise it was 11 November, which also happens to be my birthday. 


Fast forward a few weeks to 30 November I was on my way to work and suddenly got a sharp pain all down my lower back and round to my stomach right above my pelvic line. I tried to brush it off, but I couldn’t walk or sit down.  After a few minutes of crying and constantly screaming out in pain my mum decided it was right to take me straight to hospital.  


I don’t really remember much other than falling in and out of consciousness, after all the usual triage checks a nurse sent me to do urine sample. The toilet was quite a way from the bed I was laying in, even though she knew I could barely walk, let alone walk that far. I began making my way to the bathroom and I passed out and hit my head on the floor, upon regaining consciousness I started throwing up. This is the last thing I remember until the moment I went down for surgery.  


Long story short, my left Fallopian tube had ruptured, and I was bleeding internally. After I came out of surgery, they explained what had happened. 

I had lost a lot of blood; they couldn’t do the surgery by laparoscopy (keyhole) so they had to open my stomach (laparotomy) which resulted in having a scar very similar to one if you had a caesarean section; you can see how triggering this now! I also found out that I had died on the operating table, but they managed to bring me back which I am forever grateful for. It was very touch and go from start to finish.  

The next day I passed out again, and my oxygen levels remained low for three days when I finally came off the oxygen masks. Then after two VERY long days, lots of tears, and about 20 emotional breakdowns I came home. 


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