Some Pennsylvania parents may be aware of a 12-week pregnant California woman who, after experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, slipped into a coma on Feb. 15 following surgery. She sought medical help a day earlier but was discharged with a prescription for pain meds. According to reports, the 36-year-old woman, who has seven other children, was seen at a local hospital for severe abdominal pain the previous day. After an ultrasound was performed in the emergency room, she was told that everything was normal, and she was released with a Percocet prescription. A short time later, her husband found his wife unconscious in the car as he returned to the vehicle after leaving the pharmacy.
Ectopic pregnancies are a leading cause of death in the first three months of pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy results when the fertilized egg grows outside of the uterus. Sometimes, a second ectopically located embryo may accompany a normal uterine pregnancy.