For The Love Of A Child
Chapter Twelve- Internal Hemorrhaging causes Near Death
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Lu ran into the ER not sure what to expect. She hopped that nothing bad had happened.
"Who paged me?" Lu asked as she suited up.
"I did." Kayla answered
"What happened?" Lu asked as she saw her best friend laying on the ER table for the second time in only a few hours.
"She went into shock after the operation in her hospital room."
"What? I was just talking to her not even twenty minutes ago and she was fine! She was alert and talking to me, answering questions."
"Apparently she suffered internal bleeding from her beating, that wasn't caught during the operation. The bleeding caused her to go into cardiac arrest, they have resuscitated her, but she is very weak. Once she wakes we have to go back in and make sure the bleeding has stopped, and remove the baby. She hasn't waken yet." Kayla said as she helped transport Dana to the ICU. Lu following close behind her.
Lu looked at her friend Kayla dumbstruck. How could this happen to a successful, mother? She couldn't believe it!
"I thought you should know Lu, the next 48 hours are crucial."
"What baby? Dana never told me she was expecting!" Lu exclaimed hurting for her best friend.
"She never told any of us either, but apparently she was twenty three weeks along when he abused her. If caught he would go in for battery, and murder in the second degree."
"Please go check on the children, I'll stay with Dana." Lu looked at Dana and sad tears began to fill her eyes. It seemed like all she ever did was cry these days. She really wished she could just be happy again.
"Ok sure." Kayla finished transferring Dana onto the Hospital bed and hooking her up to the many heart and breathing machines, then she left to do as Lu requested. "Page me when she wakes, she still has a second operation to under go."
Lu sat next to her best friend and held her hand. She couldn't help thinking about her past. It made her angry with , well she didn't know who exactly she was angry with but she was angry. She had defiantly gotten the ruff part of the deal. And now her best friend was in the ICU? This totally sucked.!.!. ! Life was so unfair!
"Dana you have to pull through this! You have to! Dana please! We've been through so much together, please wake up. Please don't leave me!" Tears form Lu's eyes fell down and landed on her best friends hand. A song unheard by the characters began to play in the background.
It must have been cold there in my shadow,
To never have sunlight on your face,
You were content to let me shine,
That's your way,
You always walked a step behind,
So I was the one with all the glory,
While you were the one with all the strain,
A beautiful face without a name,
For so long,
A beautiful smile to hide the pain,
Did you ever know that you're my hero?
Your everything I would like to be,
I could fly higher than and eagle,
For you are the wind beneath my wings.
Oh the wind beneath my wings.
It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
But I have it right here in my heart,
I want you to know I know the truth,
Of course I know it,
I would be nothing without you,
Did you ever know that you're my hero?
Your everything I wish I could be,
And I , I would fly higher than and eagle,
Cause you are the wind beneath my wings,
Oh the wind beneath my wings,
You you you,
Are the wind beneath my wings,
Fly fly fly higher than the sky,
So I almost touch the sky,
Thank God for you,
The wind beneath my wings.
Lu looked down at her best friend who was beginning to stir. She cried out to her silently, screaming at her to wake up! To open those big beautiful eyes and look out at the world again!
Dana stirred and then took Lu's hand in her own, but still didn't open her eyes. She began to speak though.
"Lu my baby, what happened to my baby?"
"Dana open your eyes honey. I need to talk to you."
Dana slowly opened her eyes as if it pained her to do so. She looked up at Lu with her big eyes and asked again.
"What happened to my baby Lu?" a look of fear filled her eyes.
"Katie, Annie, and Luisa are fine, they are down in your office." Lu said trying to beat around the bush.
"No, Lu my baby, what happened to my baby." Dana asked .
"He didn't make it Dana. Not this time sweetie. You were incautious for too long, you lost too much blood, He couldn't get the oxygen he needed to live. But were going to catch the bastard who did this to you Dana! Were going to get him and when we do he's going to be serving time." Dana reached down and gently hugged her friend. She could tell Dana was upset.
"It was his baby boy. He said he wanted a boy. That was his boy." Dana kept repeating over and over again out loud. Lu gently stroked her long reddish brown hair and comforted her.
"It's ok honey. It will be OK I promise you."
"Did the surgeons already……" Dana asked letting the sentence drop.
"No honey. You didn't loose the baby until after you were out of surgery. . They wanted me to tell you once you woke. So that they could go back in. You had internal bleeding, due to the beating, which also lead to the death of your baby boy. The bleeding has seemed to stop, but they still have to go in." Lu hurt so much for her friend, she felt as if her heart had just been broken into two million tiny pieces. She knew what it was like to loose a child. She wouldn't wish that pain on her worst enemy.
"Do it, just do it!." Dana screamed with almost hatred. " Please Lu just do it. I should of known this pregnancy wasn't going to work." Dana said with coldness. She didn't even cry. She just said to do it.
"Dana honey we have to make sure your stable before we put you under another anesthetic. We don't want to loose you like we almost lost you."
"I know Lu I know."
"Dana promise me you won't leave me." Lu said. She knew it sounded childish or even clingy, but she didn't know how she would cope without her best friend to tell everything to.
"I promise Lu, I promise I won't just do the operation. I want you to do it. Lu please just hurry and do the operation."
"OK." Lu said surrendering. She was saddened by how quick Dana wanted to get the operation to remove her dead son form her stomach. Dana didn't miscarry until she was already out of surgery and in her room, right before she went into cardiac arrest, and had to be resuscitated.
Lu left to talk to Dr. Jackson and see what he deemed the best sangria for Dana's case. She hated that her friend was hurting so.
"Bob! Seriously! She is in pain, she is hurting, we have no choice. We have to do the operation now, if we don't she will have a greater risk of infection and a greater risk of shock and death."
"Fine Delgado we'll do the operation right away. Now get up there and give her the consent papers. And tell her the basics of the operation which we will be performing." Bob demanded.
Lu went to her desk and grabbed the standard consent forms, then she walked back up to her best friend who was laying on her hospital bed without speaking or even moving when she entered the room.
"Dana honey?" Lu asked unsure.
"Yeah?" Dana answered
"I need you to sign these consent forms Hun. We need to go in and do the operation straight away to avoid shock and infection."
"Ok." Dana said void of all emotions as she signed the papers.
"Remember we will be making a cut in your stomach, and then we will be removing the fetus" Lu said.
"Lu I know I'm a doctor too, please just do it already."
"The anisticialogist will be in soon to prep you."
"Thank you Lu. Remember I want you to do the surgery."
"I will Dana just try and relax sweetie." Lu stroked the older girls hair and held her hand. She could tell that the loss of a baby was nothing new to Dana. In fact Katie was a miracle baby.
"Lu…Please… If something should happen… please promise me you'll take care of my three babies." Dana said begging to Lu. " Please don't let them become foster children, promise me you'll take care of them."
"Dana your being silly nothing is going to happen to you."
"Lu please just incase promise me. If anything ever happens to me promise you'll take care of my baby's."
"I promise Dana. I promise."