The birth of Louiser Chapman’s second child was so traumatic, she and her husband don’t plan on having more children. Due to horrifying complications both the mother and child nearly died within weeks of each other.
“I don’t think we’re going to have any more children,” Chapman said. “The experience with Olivia has put us off having any more — especially for my partner. It’s all been a lot to cope with.”
During birth Chapman died for seven minutes on the operating table, leading to a 10-day coma and short-term memory loss. The mother had to be reminded she had ever given birth to her daughter, over and over again.
When the premature child was well enough to go home, a mere eight days later, she stopped breathing and was unresponsive. The traumatic experience caused Chapman to wonder if her daughter would ever survive.
The family never stopped fighting for the health of Chapman and her baby girl. See their incredible journey below.
Louiser Chapman went into labor weeks before she was due. The 24-year-old mother’s labor wasn’t easy.
Chapman’s placenta tore from her womb, causing a hemorrhage. During an emergency C-section, Chapman reacted badly to the antibiotics and went into anaphylactic shock.
Her heart stopped and she died on the operating table for seven minutes.
Doctors were able to revive Chapman, but the process required inducing her into a 10-day coma.
When she awoke, the mother was left with short-term memory loss.
She couldn’t remember ever having a baby.
Nurses had to remind Chapman every 10 minutes that she gave birth.
Each time she was reminded, she would forget it ever happened.
“I really can’t remember anything about giving birth,” she said. “My partner Oliver and the doctors had to fill me in on everything that happened so everything I know is secondhand.”
“It was so upsetting. It’s so important for new mums to bond with their babies when they’re born, and I couldn’t do it.
“They wrote down when Olivia was born and how much she weighed, as well as who had come to visit me in case I forgot.
“It was lovely as when I woke each morning, I got upset as I had forgotten what happened yesterday. So looking at my diary helped me.”
But as Chapman began to recover, her daughter, Olivia, became seriously ill.
Olivia had a hole in her heart. Just eight days after finally taking her home, the baby girl stopped breathing.
Chapman conducted CPR and saved her daughter’s life before rushing her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with bronchitis and pneumonia.
“I didn’t think she would survive, there were times when I just couldn’t think of the positive,” she said.
However, after six weeks in intensive care, Olivia was released from the hospital.
Chapman and her husband don’t plan on having any more children because they found the entire ordeal traumatizing.
Still, the family is glad their baby girl is recovering and doing well.
“If you met Olivia now you would never know she had been through so much — she’s so happy,” Chapman said.
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