Last year I shared a picture of my Wife in the ICU, two days after the birth of our third child Madelyn. In the picture, my Wife Caitlan was in the intensive care unit, whereby she would reside another six days. She was diagnosed in the nick of time, literally within hours of passing, with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM). This year, I wanted to focus on positive outcomes, hence the picture of her birthday last summer!
Our collective family goal is to create awareness of PPCM so other famiies can recognze the symptoms early. Here is a link to an article that Providence college posted on my Wife's great work, https://news.providence.edu/from-adversity-to-advocacy-kane-family-determined-to-make-a-difference. The net, as per the article, never take life for granted!
PPCM is now the leading cause of maternal death, a rare form of heart disease that impacts pregnant women, typically in their last month of pregnancy or up to five months post birth. The symptoms mimic many common third trimester issues such as swelling in the legs and feet along with shortness of breath. Investigations are underway to understand the cause of PPCM and to develop new treatments.
Thank you for supporting the American Heart Association, as a local Board member, I am continually amazed and humbled by their work.
-Mark, Caitlan, Annalise (14), Finn (12), Madelyn (6)