Fabiola Yazmín Ortega has died
Fabiola Yazmín Ortega has died during childbirth – her newborn baby Aldo has survived.
The children’s TV star had a rare pregnancy complication that led to losing seven litres of blood.
Ortega, who rose to prominence voicing Beto on the popular Mexican show Bely y Beto, was taken to hospital during her 35th week of pregnancy after developing pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome.
Doctor Alejandro Martínez Cavazos said that she showed signs of a ruptured liver, foetal distress, and massive internal bleeding, reports The Sun.
The medical team spent five days trying to save her life at the Ginequito Hospital in Monterrey where she spent the first 48 hours in intensive care. Ortega had two surgeries and suffered three cardiac arrests.
Doctor Cavazos shared a plea for help on Instagram, asking for for blood donations. They wrote: ‘I ask for your support with the heart, for my patient Fabiola, who is fighting for her life.’
Ortega died on February 1 (Picture: Facebook)
Ortega died on February 1.
Pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome
What is pre-eclampsia?
‘Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy (from 20 weeks) or soon after their baby is delivered,’ the NHS states.
Early signs of the condition include having high blood pressure and protein in your urine – which will be picked up on at antenatal appointments as well as a severe headache, vision disturbances, such as blurring or flashing, pain just below the ribs, vomiting and sudden swelling of the face, hands and feet.
Many cases are mild but the condition can lead to serious complications for both the birthing person and unborn child if not monitored and treated.
The earlier pre-eclampsia is diagnosed and monitored, the better the outlook for mother and baby.
What is HELLP syndrome?
‘HELLP syndrome is a rare liver and blood clotting disorder that can affect pregnant women,’ reads the NHS description.
HELLP is a backronym for: Hemolysis (this is where the red blood cells in the blood break down), Elevated Liver enzymes (a high number of enzymes in the liver is a sign of liver damage), and Low Platelet count ( platelets are substances in the blood that help it clot).
It’s most likely to occur immediately after the baby is delivered, but can appear any time after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and in rare cases before 20 weeks.
The only way to treat the condition is to deliver the baby as soon as possible. Once the mother is in hospital and receiving treatment, it’s possible for her to make a full recovery.
If you notice any symptoms, seek medical advice immediately by calling your midwife, GP surgery or NHS 111.
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