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Legacy in the news: Legacy Emanuel and Albany General team up to save new mom's life

On Friday, August 2, Danielle Bryant delivered her first child, a beautiful baby boy named Rhys at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. The next day, Danielle and her husband Chris celebrated 11 years of marriage. The former high school sweethearts started dating their senior year at West Albany High School. They were feeling on top of the world.

Everything changed less than a week later on Friday, August 9 when she started having severe abdominal pain. Danielle went to the emergency department at Samaritan Albany General. The doctors did a full work up, but couldn't pin point the exact cause. She went home with some antibiotics and pain killers. Tuesday, August 13, Danielle woke Chris up at 2:30 am as the pain became unbearable and she started shivering. Chris would learn later that the shaking was caused by Danielle going into shock.

He rushed her to the emergency department at Samaritan Albany General for the second time in four days. Doctors quickly discovered an abscess the size of a tennis ball behind her uterus that hadn't been there before. She was then taken into surgery. Doctors were concerned when Danielle wasn't coming out of surgery as she should have. Dr. George Giacoppe recommended she be transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. That decision may have saved her life.

Danielle started to deteriorate quickly and was transferred by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel. By the evening of Tuesday, August 13 Dr. Sandra Wanek and Dr. Andy Michaels of LMG – ECMO & Critical Care Surgery resuscitated her and placed her on ECMO, a heart lung by-pass machine. After four days on ECMO, two more operations and a full range of advanced care, Danielle was well enough to finally see baby Rhys again. She still has a long recovery process ahead of her, but Danielle is already looking forward to dressing Rhys up for his first Halloween.

Read the full story in the Albany Democrat Herald.

Amber Shoebridge