First-time mum 'seconds from death' when midwife noticed something wrong with her legs

By Abigail Nicholson & Chiara Fiorillo

A first-time mum was "seconds from death" when two midwives noticed something was wrong with her legs.

Robyn Moore, 26, began feeling unwell after giving birth to her daughter at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, Merseyside, on October 5, 2020.

She said her heart rate was "going mad" and she was struggling to breathe, the Liverpool Echo reports.

When two midwives visited her home, they noticed her legs had begun to swell and urged Robyn to go to hospital.

The new mum said: "The symptoms all started after I gave birth, my legs were so swollen and big, I couldn't breathe even when I was sat on the couch doing nothing and I would wake up screaming in pain due to what felt like severe cramps.

Robyn's legs began swelling after she gave birth (Robyn Moore)

"I knew something was wrong with me but I thought it was normal after pregnancy.

"It wasn't until two midwifes came round and saw the size of my legs that they told I had all the symptoms of a blood clot and I needed to go to hospital immediately."

On October 11, Robyn returned to Arrowe Park Hospital where doctors found a blood clot in her lung and said she was "seconds away from death".

Doctors found a blood clot in Robyn's lung (Robyn Moore)

She said: "They told me that if I hadn't come in I would have most likely dropped dead.

"It made me think about my family and my baby, what if the treatment didn't work? What if I died? She was only six days old.

"I was petrified and distraught because I was on my own as covid meant nobody could come with me."

The new mum was put on blood thinning injections for three months and then on tablets after her diagnosis.

She said doctors now want to check her health regularly to make sure the treatment is working.

After her experience, Robyn is urging other mums to get checked if they think something is wrong with their body.

She said: "At the end of the day you know if there's something wrong with you and it could be the difference between life and death.

"I can't believe I nearly lost my life when I'd only just become a mum."

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