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Emily Madison Levy
Emily was born on October 4, 2000, full term, weighing 7lbs 11oz at North Shore University Hospital – Manhasset. While in active labor and preparing for delivery, Beth suffered a massive (40% – 50%) placental abruption – or premature separation of the placenta from the uterine wall. As time was critical for survival and well-being, an emergency vaginal delivery was performed.
Due to both the deprivation of oxygen and loss of blood caused by the abruption, Emily was unresponsive after birth. She was intubated immediately and taken to the Neonatal ICU. Her breathing was assisted by a respirator and she received rapid intravenous (into her veins) infusion of fluids without requiring a blood transfusion. She was taken off the respirator and all feedings were done within 2 – 3 days after birth.