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Emotional moment mother finally holds newborn baby after days of fighting for her life

By Vaseline May30,2024

For most mothers, the first time they get to hold their baby is a moment they will cherish forever. But that experience was very different for Lindsey Schulz, who spent several days in intensive care before finally meeting her daughter.

Schulz, 31, had a healthy pregnancy. However, the birth of her daughter in April 2022 was far from normal. During her third trimester, Schulz, from Atlanta, Georgia, began to deteriorate and eventually had to go to the hospital for treatment.

She doesn’t remember even going to the emergency room to tell them Newsweek that she has “very foggy memories” from before the birth. Her daughter Camden was delivered via C-section on April 17, but Schulz doesn’t remember waking up until days later.

“I don’t have any memory of the day we went to the ER. I was under general anesthesia when she was born, and I don’t remember anything until about five days later,” Schulz said.

Mother holds newborn baby in intensive care unit
Lindsey Schulz holds her newborn daughter Camden, five days after her birth. Camden was delivered by cesarean section while Schulz was under general esthetics as her health deteriorated.

@lindseymurphyschulz / TikTok

Schulz was diagnosed with acute fatty liver disease of pregnancy (AFLP) and HELLP syndrome. AFLP is a rare condition that causes pregnant women to develop fatty liver disease that only affects about 1 in 10,000-20,000 pregnancies per year, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

HELLP syndrome (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets) is a life-threatening pregnancy complication that can be considered a severe form of preeclampsia. It is incredibly rare, affecting less than 0.6 percent of all pregnancies.

HELLP can cause upper body pain, blurred vision, fatigue, or swelling, but the symptoms can often be mistaken for more common conditions.

To treat both, early delivery is usually necessary to prevent life-threatening complications. The Cleveland Clinic says the liver will begin to heal once the fetus and placenta are removed.

After hearing many stories about what can go wrong, Schulz was quite concerned about delivering her baby. However, liver failure was never on that list until it became her reality.

“My symptoms kept getting worse. I started having internal bleeding and had to have a second operation to stop the bleeding in my abdomen. Liver failure led to kidney failure, so I had two rounds of dialysis. Fluid started to seep into my lungs, and I had trouble breathing, so they had to put me on a ventilator,” Schulz said.

How did social media react?

Schulz had often imagined the moment she finally became a mother, but she never imagined she would have to wait five days before officially meeting her daughter. During the two days Schulz was on a ventilator, hospital staff and her husband Kevin placed Camden next to her mother in the intensive care unit, but she has “no memory” of those occasions.

On April 22, Schulz was finally ready to hold her newborn, feeling “paralyzed with emotion” at the time.

Schulz said, “I don’t remember much other than this moment, but I remember feeling like I had waited so long to see her. As I held her, all those fears disappeared and I just wanted to stare at her face. and memorize it. I couldn’t look away, I was mesmerized.

“I was still very dizzy and had no idea how long I had been in the hospital. I also had a lot of irritation from all the tubes in my throat, but when she was in my arms she healed me.”

Images of that special moment were shared on TikTok (@lindseymurphyschulz) and it touched many hearts. In just a few days, the video has gone viral with over 19.8 million views and over 1.9 million likes.

Schulz doesn’t remember much about those early days of motherhood, but she is so grateful to be able to relive this special moment.

“A big reason I wanted to post this was in the hope that some of the people who cared for me would see it and that I could thank them. I have also been in contact with women who have been through something similar, and I am so grateful for their support. What happened to me is so rare and I am grateful that it is not common, but it gets lonely.

“I was afraid people would see my reaction and think I was a horrible mother who wasn’t happy to see her baby (because my face is so stoic). But I was so relieved to see how many women saw my reaction and knew exactly what I was going through. It was so healing to feel seen and loved.”

The video of Schulz holding Camden for the first time has brought many social media users to tears, prompting more than 9,100 comments on TikTok. One comment reads: “She looks so empty, but so full at the same time.”

Another person replied, “I completely understand this – I’m also a mom with HELLP syndrome. The shock and confusion was so real, and suddenly your baby is here!”

A third TikTok user wrote: “My mother was traumatized and completely trapped in that sweet face. My god this is so powerful.”

Fortunately, Schulz has now made a full recovery and her liver has returned to normal functioning levels.

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