Unborn baby’s fingernail sends mom in coma

By on Jan 8, 2013 in Europe, World Comments

Unborn baby’s fingernail may sometimes be as fatal as a sharp knife and endanger anyone’s life.

This scenario was proven in the case of premature twins, Amelie and Ava. The five-weeks twin reportedly sent their mother, Angela Cottam of Flintshire, Wales, into a coma after suffering severe internal bleeding and a collapsed lung.

Unborn baby's fingernails
Angela Cottam with her twins, Amelie and Ava
Image Credit: Paul Lewis

Reports say that the cause of Cottam‘s illness may have been brought about by the unborn baby’s fingernail or hair that passed through their mother’s bloodstream.

Daily Mail reported on Sunday, January 6, 2013, that Cottam‘s rare case occurs in just one in every 80,000 births.

Cottam, married to 33-year-old Peter and works as a primary school teacher, has undergone 22 blood transfusions and was in coma for 12 hours.

In a statement, Angela Cottam was very thankful that she was able to overcome her ordeal.

I feel so lucky to be here and really blessed that both the girls are with us because it could have been so different.

‘There are moments when I’ve been on my own and I’ve had a little cry and thought “What if?” But I try not to dwell on that and just thank my lucky stars the doctors and midwives on duty that day recognised what was happening.

Her attending obstetrician, Dr Usha Rao, explained the condition that she has gone through.

Although we know it is more likely to occur in twin pregnancies or women who have their labour induced, they are not the direct cause. It is unpredictable, unpreventable and very rare.



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