Yesterday, I reported the birth of sextuplets to a family who lives here in Lake Havasu, and that the babies were remarkably large and healthy. A later edit of mine noted that Mrs. Masche had been rushed into intensive care. I’ve followed up on this story, have printed part of it here, and also created a link, which you will probably want to follow. There are about 40 pictures available, I believe, beginning with her early learning of the multiple births, pictures of the dad, and ending with striking pictures of each of the babies when they were delivered yesterday. Late breaking news here says the mom continues to recover and will soon be released from the intensive care unit. It’s a day of rejoicing here in Lake Havasu as we all root for the Masche family.
Sextuplet mom ‘doing great’ after heart trouble
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 12, 2007 03:56 PM
Jenny Masche, who suffered heart problems Monday after delivering sextuplets at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, is “doing great” and should be out of intensive care by morning, said Timothy Byrne, a cardiologist and director of Good Samaritan’s cardiac catheterization lab.
During normal pregnancy, a mother’s blood volume increases by as much as 30 percent, Byrne said, and much more when she is carrying six babies. After delivery, Masche’s body was flooded with excess blood and fluid no longer needed by the babies.
That caused a “transient decrease in heart muscle function,” Byrne said, that verged on heart failure but was not life-threatening. Masche was given medication to reduce fluid and ease breathing.
On Tuesday, he said, “she’s perfect. She’s breathing great. She’s done remarkably well, all things considered.”
Link to Arizona Republic article here.
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