NKY mom channels grief into helping others with preeclampsia



preeclampsia claims the lives of thousands of mothers and babies each year but many expectant parents know nothing about it until unfortunately it's too late that includes one tri-state couple nine on your side's Lucy May shows us how they're channeling their grief into helping other families touched by the same condition lauren Dowd was 22 weeks pregnant when her husband Nick took her to the emergency room for what she thought was a bad migraine her blood pressure was dangerously high doctors diagnosed her with preeclampsia I think I was in there about a week and a half until things got really scary and they were forced to do an emergency c-section at 24 weeks in one day the Dowd's son Peter weighed only one pound in three ounces and died days after his birth we were just heartbroken the first first time we got to hold him was the last time we got to hold him I could tell Lauren was in a lot of pain and a lot of mental anguish and there was really nothing that I could do the preeclampsia Foundation estimates preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders are responsible for the deaths of 500,000 babies and 76,000 moms around the world each year Lauren and Nick Dowd want to raise awareness and money to help reduce those numbers through the promise walk for preeclampsia Saturday at Sawyer point it's a disease that affects so many and yet it doesn't get the same sort of exposure as something like breast cancer the Dowd's are the picture of a happy family now with sons David who is four and a half and Charlie who's almost two but little PD is never far from their hearts Lauren says she hopes her work on the promise Walk can help other moms avoid going through what she did I just felt so alone and I didn't even know what was happening to me and I just really feel like this is my calling to to bring this out into the open Lucy may 9 on your side the Cincinnati promise walk for preeclampsia takes place Saturday morning at the Sawyer point P&G pavilion and you can find more information about the walk including a link to register online right now on wcco.com

One Reply to “NKY mom channels grief into helping others with preeclampsia”

  1. I had this. 15 years later I still have high blood pressure. It never went away. My daughter lived, praise God!

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