While Kelsey Ferguson already understood that she would face some vital challenges when her baby was born, she had no thought she would be going through it as a widow.
31-year-old Kelsey lost her husband Scott 4 days before delivering son Maxley Russell, who scaled just 1021 grams when he was born at 33 weeks gestation.
30-year-old Scott hadn’t been fine for some weeks by the time Kelsey was brought to the hospital due to her high-risk pregnancy, but the couple believed it was a flare-up of his psoriatic arthritis.
“I had been admitted on Monday to Abbott Northwestern Hospitals Mother Baby Centre… He went home after attending me that night and before bed, was coughing up blood and couldn’t catch his breath,” Kelsey describes on her blog.
She wrote that Scott visited the ER near their home in Prior Lake, Minnesota, but there was no lung specialist at that hospital so he was shifted to Abbott, where Kelsey was on bedrest. She was capable to visit him while he had a steroid drip, which caused him to feel better for a little time.
But his health started to worsen again during the following 2 days, with Kelsey visiting him as much as was allowed.
“He was still having a really tough time getting his oxygen levels up and was getting really frustrated. I knew it would take some time for him to get better but we thought he would get released on Thursday or Friday.”
On Thursday, in the early afternoon, Kelsey received the call that Scott was in respiratory distress and was being shifted to ICU. She was capable to see Scott, but not for lengthy.
After an hour’s CPR and a period of trying to sustain him, the bleeding on Scott’s lungs could not be stalled and he passed away after midnight after Kelsey held his hand and told her goodbyes. She had to be taken back to her room after fainting and vomiting.
He died soon afterward of an inflammatory disease called Granulomatosis with polyangiitis, which hits five in every one million people in Australia. Sadly, Scott’s case had been recognized too late to preserve his life.
Occupied with pain, she gave birth to Maxley just 4 days later on June 12. She told the days in between were a “complete blur” and concerned doctors had made the decision to induce her. Now Kelsey centered on her son’s survival.
An ultrasound at 20 weeks unveiled heart defects and a chromosomal abnormality called 12q14 microdeletion syndrome, which appears in developmental delays and affects physical growth.
While she and Scott had known that Maxley would have a tough start to life, they also didn’t know for sure if he would survive.