Sue Anne Was Born Shortly After A Life Threatening Car Accident

There is a myth that wearing a seatbelt can endanger your unborn child - this is far from the truth, and in fact, a properly placed seatbelt can save your life and your baby's life. Laura from Ohio experiences a life threatening car accident and went into labor shortly afterwards. Both she and the baby survived - a miracle.
by Laura

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Mom's story
My story is very unusual because it involved me being in a major car accident. I was 37 weeks and not showing any signs of delivering soon (although I was ready). I was driving 55, and I popped a hill and there was a truck in my lane. I hit him head on with the majority of the impact being to my front corner. I was scared that I was bleeding or my water had broke. Luckily I didn't notice any thing.

My son was transported to children's hospital and released. They had to use the jaws of life to cut me out. It took the medic all the way across my belly to find the heartbeat, but it strong when he finally found it. I was then transported to a hospital 45 minutes away which is the trauma center for our area. It is also where I was scheduled to give birth. When I got to the hospital, the first thing they did was get the heartbeat on the Doppler. That was the best sound I have ever heard.

I had to have 15 or so x-rays and they found that my ankle bone was sheared off and there were some breaks in my hand. I was having contractions, but I didn't feel them because of all of the other pains. They got me up into a labor room and got the blood work back and found my placenta was partially detached. The doctor wanted to wait to have me deliver, so my body was not in such shock.

Someone came running into the room and said I had to put the neck collar back on. I said I wanted to wait, and they said no because my neck was broken. I was rushed to CT scan and had a very difficult time because I had to lay on my back and that made me sick and the baby in stress. They decided to wait until morning to induce me to finish my labor.

The decision was made that if I had to have a c-section I would have to have general anesthesia because of my spinal injury. The next morning they induced me to speed up my labor. All night I had to lay on my side. I wasn't allowed to move from my waist up unless I moved my whole trunk at my waist. (I couldn't move my shoulders or head at all)! I was in a collar for my neck that was very uncomfortable, a cast on my leg and a brace on my arm. Whenever I wanted to move from side to side there were 4-5 nurses and a trauma nurse.

A few hours after I was induced my orthopedist came in and said I could sit up. They shifted my bed, and I progressed faster. I was induced at 6 am and she was finally born at 12:43 pm the day after my car crash. She was perfectly healthy! Her Apgar scores were 9 and 9. She weighed in at 6 pounds 10 ounces.

I had to have surgery within a few days and was using a walker when I came home from the hospital. I was able to nurse her even though I couldn't see her because I had to wear the collar 24 hours a day for 3 months.

The patrol officer at the scene told my husband that he thought the accident was a fatal when he first saw the car, and when he heard that I was pregnant, he read the other guy his rights. He was sure that the baby wouldn't make it. The only thing that saved us was the seat belt being low on my hips and the air bag. If I hadn't been wearing the belt or my son wasn't in his car seat we wouldn't have made it. I was given a "saved by the belt award."

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