An incredible fund-raiser has completed a 100k challenge to raise awareness of a condition which nearly killed her last year.
Kerry Long, 35, of Sandyfoot, Barkisland, had a life-threatening ectoptic pregnancy last April - which left her an hour from death as doctors struggled to stem severe internal bleeding.
After a tough battle back to fitness, Kerry set herself a challenge to run 100k in six months this year for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.
This weekend she completed her challenge earlier than planned - as she is celebrating the happy news she is 13 weeks into a healthy pregnancy.
Kerry said: “It’s a nice ending to an unhappy tale. I’ve been raising for the Trust and this time I haven’t needed to use them. This time it hasn’t turned out that way.”
Kerry was six weeks pregnant last year when she was rushed to hospital with excruciating pain. A scan failed to find a pregnancy in her womb and she was told it was likely she had an ectopic pregnancy.
As the pain localised to her left side and she developed pain in her shoulder tip, Kerry was rushed into theatre. She said: “The consultant told me afterwards it was very severe. She’d only been an hour or two off not being able to save me. It was a long recovery both physically and emotionally and the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust were there all the way. So I wanted to raise funds for them.”
She signed up to do a string of 5k and 10k runs to reach her 100k target. “It’s been a real family affair with my husband Jonathan joining in some of the runs and even our daughter, Isobella, three, entering the children’s races. Then, at the end of July - 40k in - came the news we were least expecting - that I was pregnant. I couldn’t believe it, a little miracle.”
Her last race was on Saturday with the Huddersfield 5k Park Run. To sponsor Kerry visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Keri100kChallenge.
Facts and figures:
An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes.
It means the egg will not develop into a baby
In a few cases an ectopic pregnancy causes no noticeable symptoms and is only detected during routine pregnancy testing. However, most women do have symptoms usually apparent between week five and week 14.
It is estimated that around 1 in 90 pregnancies in the UK develops into an ectopic pregnancy.
It is difficult to diagnose as it often presents with symptoms similar to gastroenteritis, miscarriage or even appendicitis.
Symptoms include abnormal bleeding, one-sided pain in the stomach and shoulder-tip pain.
Shoulder tip pain is the typical pain of a deteriorating ectopic pregnancy - it may be due to internal bleeding in the diaphragm when breathing.
Treatment includes medication to stop the growth of the egg or surgery to remove the egg.
Visit www.ectopic.org.uk for more information.