When Katelyn Burdick found out she was having a baby girl in December 2013, she couldn’t wait to share the news. She wrapped chocolate bars that had a flap on it that revealed it was a girl and handed them out to loved ones. She bought baby clothes, shoes, headbands and bibs. She was excited and feeling good; she didn’t even have any morning sickness.
But then everything changed. On January 4, 2014, at 22 weeks pregnant, Katelyn’s entire body was swollen. Her parents were alarmed and took her to the emergency room. Her blood pressure was a frightening 200/110. After running some tests in Labor and Delivery, it was determined that Katelyn had preeclampsia. She was transferred, via ambulance, to a larger hospital that was better equipped to treat premature babies. There, Katelyn was swarmed by all kinds of doctors and nurses. A day and a half went by. Katelyn was then told that her baby girl had stopped growing at 19 weeks and she most likely wouldn’t survive. She was also told that in order to save her own life, she had to deliver the baby.
Katelyn was put on magnesium, which relaxed her muscles and made her feel like she was on fire, to help prevent a stroke and/or seizures. Most of her delivery was a blur. On January 7, 2014, Aliyah Grace was born sleeping. She weighed 1 pound and was 9 ¾ inches long. The nurses propped Katelyn’s arms up on a pillow so she could hold her angel. She and her family got to spend six precious hours with Aliyah before the coroner came to pick her up. Katelyn was later discharged with empty arms. Aliyah’s ashes were in a bag on a table when she got home.
Since Katelyn’s tragedy, she has made it a personal mission to raise awareness about preeclampsia. She also went on to have a preeclampsia-free pregnancy. Her second daughter, Charlotte, is now 2 years old and is proof that there’s always hope for happiness.
$3,191 raised so far
in Albany, New York
$5,309 to go!