Woman Nearly Loses Baby After Having A Tummy Tuck
At the age of 27, Laura O’Donnell of Wales decided that she wanted to get back into shape after giving birth to four children, which she did the old-fashioned way – with diet and exercise. However, when she was left with unsightly excess skin caused by the sudden weight loss, she decided that a tummy tuck was in order. Who would have thought that the decision to get plastic surgery would put the life of her fifth child at risk? You might want to heed this woman’s horrifying warning if you plan to have children after undergoing a tummy tuck.
Laura opted for a tummy tuck in 2009 to regain her flat stomach, after assuring the plastic surgeon that she wasn’t planning on having any more children. In addition to ridding Laura of the excess skin then, the surgeon also tightened her flabby stomach muscles, giving her the washboard stomach she wanted. As nature would have it though, Laura became pregnant with her fifth child a year later, to both her surprise and pleasure. Remember when she told the plastic surgeon she wasn’t going to have any more kids though? Eighteen weeks into her pregnancy, Laura was told that her unborn baby was essentially being crushed because her stomach muscles were too tight.
In order to save his life, doctors delivered baby Blake via emergency C-section ten weeks premature – weighing in at 3 pounds, 13 ounces – and after four weeks in special care, the baby miraculously survived. In addition to causing premature labor, Laura’s cosmetic surgery procedure also caused one of her kidneys to fail. Laura O’Donnell has decided to use her harrowing plastic surgery experience as an opportunity to warn women of all ages about the dangers of even simple procedures, like tummy tucks, especially if they plan to become pregnant later in life. “Looking back, I cannot believe that my vanity could have killed my son. He almost died because of my desire for cosmetic surgery,” Laura says.
If nothing else, Laura O’Donnell’s terrifying plastic surgery experience will hopefully raise awareness about the dangers of cut-rate cosmetic surgery, and the potential long-term consequences of procedures like tummy tucks. As Laura says, when she became pregnant, “there was no way to let out the tummy tuck because all the excess skin and muscle had been removed.” When she hit 18 weeks, Laura realized that she wasn’t developing a “baby bump,” and she also felt sick and experienced constant stomach pain. When she was finally called in for tests, doctors discovered that Laura’s baby was pushing down instead of out against the unforgiving stomach muscles, and had essentially squashed her right kidney, causing it to stop working. “The surgeon in Prague had tightened my abdominal muscles so much that they didn’t have the give to push out with a developing baby,” Laura recalled.
After undergoing a risky but necessary kidney operation, Laura became so ill that she almost died. Then, at 26 weeks, she went into premature labor and was given steroids to delay it. Doctors were only able to hold the labor off for so long though, and ultimately had to tear through Laura’s tummy tuck stitches to deliver Blake via emergency C-section. Because he was so premature, Blake’s lungs hadn’t developed properly and he was unable to breathe on his own. Blake was fortunate to survive, and Laura was lucky that her desire for a flat stomach didn’t kill her baby. “My baby almost died because of my tummy tuck,” Laura says. “A flat tummy would be too high a price for losing my child.” Hopefully, every woman would agree.