The Shaarei Tzedek Stroke Unit battled for hours to save the life of a pregnant woman who had suffered a stroke in the ninth month of her pregnancy.
The 38-year-old Jerusalem lady was leading a workshop as a professional health workshop mentor when she suddenly found it difficult to speak.
The woman made several unsuccessful attempts to regain her calm and recall the phrases.
Due to her father’s similar experience, one workshop member recognized the telltale indicators of a stroke.
A woman requested an ambulance.
The crew of a United Hatzalah ambulance quickly realized the stroke signs and summoned a critical care unit, which transported the woman to Shaare Tzedek’s trauma center.
“The stroke unit team met me outside the hospital and escorted me to the trauma room, where Dr. Yosef Shechter completed a diagnostic evaluation,” the woman recalled afterward.
I was able to think, but I was unable to add or subtract numbers or remember their names. I spoke in brief phrases.
A blood clot was found in the woman’s brain during MRI and CT scans. While stabilizing her, the doctors determined that the baby’s survival was of utmost concern.
According to Dr. Reut Rotem, “we needed to maintain blood pressure within a predetermined range in light of the acute neurological episode and the likelihood of recurrence.
A normal birth would have exposed the woman to risks we sought to avoid because she had a previous C-section.
The Ambulatory Gynecology Unit’s leader, Dr. Hatib Fauz, successfully carried out the doctors’ decision to perform an emergency C-section.
After giving birth, the woman still had trouble recalling numbers, but she did remember the doctors at the stroke unit paying great attention to her.
She was returned to the neurology department and put under constant observation. She was eventually permitted to stay with her infant in the neurology department as her condition gradually improved.
A stroke occurring during pregnancy is highly uncommon and necessitates treatment for the mother without jeopardizing her unborn child, according to Dr. Roni Eichel, director of the Stroke Unit.
The new mother expressed gratitude to Hashem for protecting and saving her kid.
She also appreciated the Shaare Tzedek staff for their competent treatment of her and for caring for her child while she regained her strength.