A POPULAR former kids’ TV star has died during childbirth after losing seven litres of blood.
Fabiola Yazmín Ortega – whose newborn baby named Aldo survived – was rushed to hospital after developing a rare pregnancy complication.
Fabiola was known for her work on the popular Mexican children’s show Bely yin 2009 where she was the iconic voice of beloved character Beto.
She was admitted to the Ginequito Hospital in Monterrey in Mexico during her 35th week of pregnancy after developing life-threatening pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome.
Her doctor Alejandro Martínez Cavazos said Ortega showed signs of a ruptured liver, foetal distress, and massive internal bleeding.
And the medical team spent five days battling to save her life.
Dr Martínez said she was in intensive care in a critical condition for the first 48 hours.
She underwent two surgeries, lost seven litres of blood, and suffered three cardiac arrests.
The medical team managed to stabilise her and her organs showed signs of improvement.
Dr Martínez launched a desperate campaign for blood donations and shared the battle to save her life on Instagram.
But Fabiola tragically died on February 1 before she could have another operation.
Little Aldo was safely delivered in a healthy condition and is currently being cared for by his dad.
Mexican journalist María Julia Lafuente said: “She was giving birth, she went into intensive care. She lost a lot of blood, she got pre-eclampsia.
“Those who are mothers know that this is extremely serious and delicate.
“The doctors did everything they could, but she suffered from severe preeclampsia with HELLP syndrome.”
Belinda Treviño – who currently stars on Bely y Beto – thanked her for the joy she brought children in a heartfelt tribute on Instagram.
She said: “It’s very hard to say goodbye.
“Thank you for so many moments we lived together and giving joy to so many children with your voice. Fly high.”
What is HELLP Syndrome?
HELLP syndrome is a rare liver and blood clotting disorder that can affect pregnant women.
It is a type of pre-eclampsia – a pregnancy complication that causes high blood pressure during pregnancy and after labour.
HELLP syndrome is most likely to occur immediately after the baby is delivered.
But it can appear any time after 20 weeks of pregnancy – and in rare cases before 20 weeks.
The letters in the name HELLP stand for each part of the condition:
- “H” is for haemolysis – this is where the red blood cells in the blood break down
- “EL” is for elevated liver enzymes (proteins) – a high number of enzymes in the liver is a sign of liver damage
- “LP” is for low platelet count – platelets are substances in the blood that help it clot
The only way to treat the condition is to deliver the baby as soon as possible.
Once the mother is receiving treatment, it’s possible for her to make a full recovery.
HELLP syndrome is rare and occurs in 0.1 to 1 per cent of pregnancies.
Women who have pre-eclampsia have a higher risk of developing HELLP syndrome.
Symptoms of pre-eclampsia include:
- severe headaches
- vision problems, such as blurring or seeing flashing lights
- pain just below the ribs
- sudden swelling of the feet, ankles, face and hands