BENEFITING: National Kidney Foundation, Inc.
Our mother Laurie Monteiro passed away on March 4th, 2014 due to Hypovolemic shock from a Gastrointestinal bleed. By the time she reached the hospital Sunday morning March 2nd her hemoglobin level was 6, average for a woman is between 12 and 15. Because she had the GI bleed for some time and they couldn't find it she would regularly be admitted to the hospital and have blood transfusions. In doing so it caused her blood to have 4 different antibodies in it. This made it extremely difficult to match her blood to give her transfusions. The first two pints to match were flown up from Boston as they were the closest to have her match. Unfortunately it wouldn't be enough. One would think that would have brought her level up to 8, wrong. She was bleeding so badly that she went down to 5.5. Approximately 42 hours after she was initially brought to the hospital they found the bleed and by that time she was too sick for surgery. There were only two other pints of blood that were her match in New England. They were in New York. It was then that we were told there was nothing else they could do for her. She was a fighter her whole life and continued to be until she took her last breath.