Gastrointestinal Bleeding (GI Bleeding)


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Comment from: Lmcd, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 15

My mom had been sick in the hospital, and after several days and lots of tests, she was diagnosed with ANCA (antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody) vasculitis, an autoimmune disease that affected her kidneys and lungs. She was given 6 plasma exchanges, 3 bags of blood and too many medications to remember and was on oxygen all the time. After 16 days she was going to be discharged. She had her last plasma exchange, all doctors had discharged her and wished her well. She wanted to take a shower before my dad and I took her home. She got up from the bed, the only thing attached to her was her oxygen. We went to into the bathroom, she told me she was dizzy and everything was blurry. I sat her down and her body went limp. I yelled for my dad and kept telling her to breathe, just look at dad and breathe. She did that 3 times and then a nurse came into assist me with her shower and said she’s unconscious. She made my dad and I leave the room and they worked on my mom for an hour and she died. She never had a pulse from the time she went unconscious. They said she filled up with blood and died quickly and no pain. Death certificate came back with cause of death: acute gastrointestinal bleeding.


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