Tuesday, December 09, 2008

This was passed on to me from a nurse friend

This is a woman that just passed away over the weekend. Please keep her husband, daughter & family in your prayers!


NuvaRing birth control:I am currently in Roseburg, Oregon, where I hosted my sister-in-law's baby shower yesterday. One guest was missing - Christina Heyniger Howington. While I have known Christina since we went to elementary school it had been quite awhile since I had seen her. However, my brother and his wife were especially close with her and her husband. She and her husband, Heath and daughter, Alyssa (13) spent Thanksgiving with my family in Sunriver last week. She had a wonderful time and was thrilled that Christmas was near. All seemed perfect in her world. She was full of life, happy, energetic, and loved her husband of 17 years and their daughter. She began using NuvaRing 2 1/2 months ago and started having headaches. They were not severe so she didn't pay too much attention. On Thursday morning, she woke up with a severe headache and began vomiting. She also became lethargic and wanted to go back to sleep. Her husband rushed her to the ER where she had a CT Scan. The first diagnosis was an aneurysm. She was helicoptered to OHSU in Portland and the diagnosis was changed to a blood clot. Once in surgery, surgeons were alarmed to find multiple blood clots throughout her brain. They tried to get to all of them and planned to do another CT Scan the following day to be sure all clots had been addressed. Christina's brain began swelling and her condition became grave. She was placed into a medically induced coma to address the brain swelling and was put on life support. By Friday, her condition worsened and her brain began shutting down. She was taken off life support in a last attempt to address her brain swelling, but efforts were halted as it was determined that her brain had no further activity. Christina lost her life but became a hero as she was an organ donor. Her lungs are already in transport to California where they will save someone's life. Blood clots, however, have been found in other organs such as her liver. Doctors are VERY suspicious that this tragedy was the result of NuvaRing birth control. They said they have had "hundreds" of cases where women are showing up with blood clots after using this contraceptive. It is my goal to honor her life by using her story to save even one other person from this terrible fate. Please pass this information along. It's the last effort we can do to honor a truly amazing woman.

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