A 25-year-old woman has shared how she lost her ovaries, uterus and toes after a complication that happened when her Intra Uterine Device, IUD ( A type of family planning) forced it way up to her stomach and later moved up to her stomach.
Sharing on her GoFundMe page the experience which almost took her life, Tania Smith, a resident of Baltimore said
“Sometimes things happen in your life and you don’t know why you question yourself why me or what did I do to deserve this? But what you should be asking is what can I learn from it. I’m finally coming out to tell my story because I feel like I can help someone.”
She revealed the IUD was inserted six weeks after she gave birth to her daughter in 2014. She was told the birth control device will work for five years.
Trouble started when she visited a gynaecologist for annual checkup in October 2017. It was there she learnt her life was in danger.
“One day in the beginning of November I was at work I began to have a sharp pain in the bottom right side of my stomach and the first thing that popped in my head was is this that IUD?” she wrote, adding that she took herself to the emergency room when it worsened.
“I went and talked to my OB-GYN, told him everything that was going on and even showed him the X-ray picture that they allowed me to take. So he said I have to get surgery. So I asked him how would they have to get it out and he told me they would cut me right under my belly button and use a scope.”
According to Smith, she noticed she had been cut up to 3 times afyer she woke up from the surgery. She was then told the IUD had broken into pieces and had moved to her liver. She said she was released from the hospital although she was bleeding but was rushed back in overnight
“I was bleeding internally,” Smith said. “After the surgery, my mom was told that when they open [SIC] me up, my ovaries were [SIC] black and that they had to give me a hysterectomy. After the surgery I went into septic shock causing me to be in ICU for a few weeks.”
Smith said her organs began to fail, and she was placed on a ventilator.
“At the time, I didn’t know what was going on or what would happen,” Smith wrote in an essay published in Women’s Health. “I was convinced I wouldn’t make it – that I would die.”
She said she spent weeks away from her daughter because she didn’t want the medical equipment to scare her, and she lost feeling in her hands and feet.
“At the end of my third week in the hospital, sensation returned to my hands while my toes began to blacken from necrosis, tissue death due to loss of blood flow,” she wrote. “On February 2, almost two months after my first surgery, I was finally discharged with a prognosis that hung over me for months: When I felt ready, I’d need to return for the removal of all toes on my left foot and the tips of my right toes.”
Smith had her toes removed in early May, and said she hasn’t been able to return to school or either of her part-time jobs. She said she was told that either the IUD was put in too soon after childbirth and the healing of her uterus pushed it up, or the tightening of her muscles during each menstrual cycle forced the device upward.