Special delivery turns into special circumstance for new mom
Pregnancy is an exciting time for soon-to-be parents as they pick names, decide on the nursery and think about their expanding family. Shermin and Abed were no exception, but just weeks before her expected due date, Shermin’s life was turned upside down.
“We are both so lucky to be here,” says Shermin Helal. “This wasn’t what we expected but we are blessed.”
At week 25, Shermin had pregnancy complications. Doctors delayed her delivery, but one week later she gave birth to a two-pound baby boy Aariz. “We were all so concerned about his survival we never thought I’d be the one in trouble.”
Shortly after delivery, Shermin’s heart rate dropped, her blood pressure skyrocketed and she had kidney problems. She had a severe headache and begged doctors to help because her head was “exploding.” Shermin was having a stroke that would leave her paralyzed on the right side and unable to talk.
“When they told me what happened, I was in a state of shock. There’s no family history and this was supposed to be a time of joy. They would take me down to the nursery and I was too scared to hold him. I had no idea how I was going to care for him.”
After a month, Shermin left the hospital in a wheelchair and was able to say a few words.
“I went directly to DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s (RIM) Novi Center where I made incredible progress. They give you so much positive reinforcement and really push you. I would get mad at times but in the end, it really helped.”
Shermin used therapy as baby bonding time too. Aariz is also a patient. Therapists work with him to gain strength.
“We are so lucky to have this type of care and attention. I am forever grateful for having RIM, my husband and mom by my side. We’re looking forward to Aariz’s first birthday and many more.”