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Belle Von Stockhausen is a new mother in Tuscon, Arizona. Her baby is 5 months old. And if she hadn't overruled the medical staff who kept sending her home after her C-section, she might not be alive to see him.

After giving birth, Von Stockhausen developed peripartum cardiomyopathy, a rare weakness in the heart that often does not present strong symptoms until the issue is too severe to stop. In Von Stockhausen's case, her hands and feet swelled up, but the staff thought it was from her IV from the C-section and sent her home, with more Oxycodone for the pain.

"I literally felt like I was being crazy. I kept saying I'm not okay, and everyone kept telling me what was happening was normal," Von Stockhausen said.

Two days after Von Stockhausen was sent home, she returned to the emergency room with shortness of breath and more swelling. The staff told her it was all part of recovering from birth and sent her home with Valium, she said. The very next day, she returned again. This time, her lips were blue.

Source : http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-serena-williams-scary-childbirth-experience-20180113-story.html

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