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After rare birth complication, local woman celebrates Mother's Day


Eau Claire (WQOW) - An Eau Claire woman celebrated a special Mother's Day yesterday. After being diagnosed with a rare pregnancy complication that put both her and her baby's lives at risk, the Mayo Clinic nurse had to turn to her co workers for help.

"I developed a pretty severe headache, I really thought it was something I could control or handle given more time," said Leanna Munoz of Eau Claire.

Munoz came closer than she could have ever expected to not having moments like these on mothers day.

Though they celebrate now, both she and her son's life were hanging in the balance back in January.

"When my husband got back from work, I was actually dressed and I said "You know what? It's starting to get better, I think I'm going to go back and lay down. And a couple hours later he had heard me scream in the bedroom, and that's when everything kind of started. And apparently, I was having seizures," Munoz explained.

Leanna, a nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, was rushed to the hospital. It was there she was diagnosed with Eclampsia, a rare but potentially life-threatening birth complication.

"Doctor Christian Peterson, who is the E.R. Physician hasn't seen this in 20 years. Had my husband not been quick enough to call 9-1-1 or had heard me scream through the night, that you know, we could have easily passed away that night," added Munoz.

The only way doctors could stabilize Leanna was to deliver the baby, so she was put into a coma to calm the situation.

"For me as a provider, as a nurse practitioner, I usually am the one that says ok to my husband or my family, "This is what's going on, and this is what we need to do to fix it." And I had no opportunity to even have input in it because I didn't even know what was going on," Munoz said.

At noon the next day, she awoke to the sound of little Sy.

"For me, my very first memory was actually seeing him, having him in my arms, looking at each set of hands, each set of toes, and counting," said Munoz.

Both are fully healthy now, and the experience gives her an extra reason to celebrate Mother's Day.

"It certainly puts a perspective into how close my family is, and the importance of family of course. And it makes me think a lot more about my mother, and the hardships I put her through. Even with this last experience stressing her out a little bit more. It makes me excited for my bigger role and my challenge of being a mom," Munoz said.

Baby Sy was born at 37 weeks old and is not expected to have any complications from the delivery.

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