While the media is abuzz with details of Kim Kardashian’s delivery, another star is fighting for her life following the extremely traumatic birth of her new daughter.
Actress Kathryn Fiore, best known for starring in Wedding Band, suffered complete organ failure after delivering baby Alice last month. The 33-year-old star, who is married to fellow actor Gabriel Tigerman, underwent an emergency cesarean on May 28. Immediately afterward, the new mom went into distress as she suffered uterine hemorrhaging, septic shock and complete organ failure.
“Her heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver stopped functioning while clotting threatened her limbs. The odds were stacked heavily against her,” explains a fundraising page set up for the family.
Meanwhile, the newborn baby girl also went into distress while struggling to breathe. She was rushed to the NICU, where she spend 10 days gaining strength.
“The sleepless new dad, Gabriel, ran back and forth between the NICU and ICU, making crucial decisions and providing boundless love.”
It was two weeks before Kathryn’s condition finally stabilized. However, even now she faces a long recovery that will include intensive physical therapy to teach her how to walk and use her hands. She will also continue dialysis and oxygen treatments. Once discharged, Kathryn will likely require professional nursing care for a period of time.
“But Kathryn is powerfully motivated to get home to meet her baby. She continues to stun all the docs with her superhuman will and steady progress. She faces a long hard road, but meeting challenges is what our girl does best.”
Doctors are unsure what caused Kathryn’s condition. According to the fundraising page, one possible culprit is Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), a which destroys red blood cells but may go undetected.
Another suspect is amniotic fluid embolism, a serious condition in which the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby enters the mother’s bloodstream. According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s estimated that amniotic fluid embolisms only occur in one to 12 women for every 100,000 births. It is one of the leading causes of maternal death in developed countries.