Population CouncilHafsatu's memory of eclampsia is hazy. She remembers experiencing excruciating abdominal pains and severe headaches. The pains increased in severity in her stomach and her head, and she recalls with a wince, the horror of becoming completely blind. Unlike any pain she had ever felt, she recalls her terror, and says she thought she was in the process of dying. Soon after her sight failed, so did her body: her world turned off and she had lost consciousness.
Unbeknownst to Hafsatu, her husband and her close female relatives brought her unconscious body to the hospital, an hour's journey away from their home some forty miles south of Kano. The health professionals said that she was lucky that she was brought directly to the hospital. Despite being unconscious, they were able to treat her with magnesium sulphate early, and she responded well.
When Hafsatu regained consciousness, her baby Hauwa had already arrived. Hafsatu is grateful to the hospital for her health and that of her baby.
Stories of Mothers SavedThis story is one of many collected in an initiative organized jointly by the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood ® (WRA) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). WRA members from around the world shared these individual stories of women who have lived to tell their stories - who did not die needlessly in pregnancy or childbirth - due to a key action taken by her, her family, the community, a health worker, a political leader or others.