Europe’s New Roadmap for a Healthier Pregnancy
The death of Lady Sybil during childbirth in the BBC period drama ‘Downton Abbey’ highlighted the risky business of pregnancy caused by pre-eclampsia. Every minute a woman or a baby dies due to this devastating silent killer. Pre-eclampsia affects 1 in 12 pregnancies. The condition is characterized by high blood pressure, slow growth of the fetus and multiple organ failures, which if left unmanaged can lead to seizures, coma and death. There is no known way to prevent it and no single test to diagnose it. The only way to “cure” it is to deliver the baby.
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