Pregnancy-related injuries can require extensive recovery

May is the month when people all across Texas are thinking of their mothers. The woman who gives the gift of life plays a very important role in many Texans' lives, and Mother's Day is when appreciation can be shown in countless ways. Sometimes giving life can be dangerous, though, and many mothers know the ordeal of childbirth is trumped only by the joy of being a parent.

That joy was dimmed, though, for one mother who suffered pregnancy-related injuries after having her oldest son, now 9-years-old. During the delivery process, the woman was given painkillers which, unfortunately, caused a spinal cord abscess. An injury to the spinal cord is particularly threatening because it has the potential to create a permanent disability. In this case, the mother of three boys had to go back to the hospital just a few days after giving birth, and experienced such horrendous pain in her back that she required intensive rehabilitation and physical therapy.

The mom notes that due to her serious injury, some parts of her body can't communicate with other parts, making mobility difficult. She can walk, but needs a cane to do so, and even uses a power wheelchair at home. While she hasn't let the trauma put a stop to her goals or dreams, she's had to overcome challenges that many parents couldn't even imagine. Showing tremendous strength, she's been able to finish college, earn a master's degree, start law school and have two more children.

The recovery process after pregnancy-related injuries can be grueling, to say the least. The long-term consequences of such a protracted recovery are numerous, and can include spiraling medical costs that only grow over time. There may also be medical equipment to purchase and even, as in this mother's case, home improvements that must be made to accommodate a disability. Women injured during the birth process can investigate their options for financial recovery if they suspect a doctor or nurse exhibited some form of negligence during their pregnancy or their child's delivery.

Source: The News Journal, "Setback can't stop mom with a mission," James Fisher, May 10, 2014