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Monday, August 22, 2016

Mum-of-three given 14 days to live recovers from double transplant

Samantha Martin with children Caitlyn, 3, Tiarna, 6, and Jacob, 14 weeks. Photo: Richard Gosling

THREE months ago Samantha Martin would not have been able to blow out the candles on her birthday cake, yet on her 30th birthday last month she did just that, marking a milestone that her mother, Joanne Hall, had feared her daughter would not live to see.

The mother of three was given just 14 days to live after she collapsed eight days after giving birth to a baby boy.

“It all happened so quickly,” she said.

“One minute we were all taking photos together by the pool and the next, I’d lost consciousness.”

Samantha was taken from the Sheraton Mirage, where her mother had been staying, to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

From there she was rushed to the intensive care unit at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.

She was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension, a condition which meant her heart pumped blood through her lungs at an excessive pressure.

“Basically, the doctors told me it was a life-or-death situation and that she might not make it,” Ms Hall said. Continue reading
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