YoLanda Mention, 38, had a fairly normal pregnancy and delivery with her third child, Serenity, in March 2015.
However, in the days following birth, the mom, who suffers from high blood pressure, couldn’t get proper medical care at the hospital.
And as WLTX reports, it cost her her life.
YoLanda’s family believes a blood pressure cuff, $60 IV medication, and medical treatment could have possibly saved YoLanda.
Shortly after YoLanda and her husband, Marco Mention, brought Serenity home from the hospital, the mother of three children started experiencing a headache. When the pain worsened, Marco took her to the ER at McLeod Regional Medical Center.
YoLanda had suffered with high blood pressure during her pregnancy and took medication throughout. Though she didn’t realize her headache had stemmed from the high blood pressure, she told the ER staff that she had just given birth and that she suffered from high blood pressure.
When the nurses took her blood pressure, they saw just how high it was— 209/117.
However after receiving a brain scan, YoLanda returned to the waiting room of the ER, where she remained for the next five hours. Meanwhile, her headache continued to worsen.
When YoLanda told Marco that the headache was “getting in [her] eyes,” he went back to the nurse’s station and begged that she be seen by a doctor. Finally, they complied.
But it was too late.
A few days later she died from blood vessels that had burst in her brain.
Marco filed a lawsuit against McLeod Regional and YoLanda’s obstetrician, Dr. Anu Chaudhry, for failing to give his wife the drugs needed to prevent her death.
The obstetrician and hospital officials declined to comment on the incident. According to court documents they denied liability and wrongdoing.
Court records report that hospital staff sent YoLanda in for a brain scan, but “returned her to the waiting room without seeing a doctor or getting treatment.”
According to the Preeclampsia Foundation, severe headaches combined with high blood pressure for a mother before and after delivery is an urgent warning sign that a new mom needs fast treatment.
Marco reached a secret settlement with McLeod Regional and the doctor who treated his wife.
The dad, who works as a school bus driver, is now left to raise the couple’s three daughters, ages 3, 8, and 10 on his own.