Pregnant mum nearly lost baby after allergic reaction

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Soraia Bonuar Gomes has been hospitalized after being covered in blisters due to a reaction to period pain medication

A pregnant mother nearly lost her unborn child and her life when her body was covered in blisters after an extreme allergic reaction to period painkillers.

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Soraia Bonuar Gomes, 30, was taking naproxen and cyclizine and was rushed to intensive care just eight weeks into her pregnancy with a potentially life-threatening skin condition.

Her entire body was covered in blisters, which burst and peeled off, leaving her skin raw and red.

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Warned that she was likely to lose her unborn child, Soraia was given high doses of painkillers while doctors struggled to save her life.

After a long month in the hospital, Soraia was discharged, and against all odds, seven months later, she welcomed daughter Reyven-Vallenty.

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Soraia Bonuar Gomes, 30, was taking naproxen and cyclizine and was rushed to intensive care just eight weeks into her pregnancy with a potentially life-threatening skin condition.

“I didn’t know if my baby would survive”

Manchester cleaner Soraia said: “Once I was in hospital I didn’t know if my baby was going to survive. They said I was going to lose my baby, but I didn’t.

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“I lost my sight, I couldn’t walk, I was stuck in bed for two months and I was on an IV drip. It was so scary.

“All my skin burned all over my body.

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“When I started reacting to the drug, all these blisters appeared on my skin like they were filled with water. It was very painful.

“Once I was in the hospital, I didn’t know if my baby would survive. They said I was going to lose my baby, but I didn’t.

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“The doctors had to burst the blisters so that the liquid could escape. They had to put me to sleep and gave me lots of painkillers so I couldn’t feel what they were doing.

“Every time I woke up, the first thing I asked was how my baby was.

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“The doctors said not to think about the baby as I might lose it and only worry about myself, but I’ve always worried about my baby. It was so scary.”

Soraia developed extreme period pains after giving birth to her first child, Denzel, now eight, and was prescribed naproxen and cyclizine by her GP in June 2019.

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Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat pain, including menstrual cramps, while cyclizine is taken to treat nausea.

Both drugs can be taken during pregnancy if a doctor recommends that the benefits of the drug far outweigh the risks.

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Soraia became pregnant the following month and her doctors did not advise her to stop taking the medication.

Small red spots appeared all over her body and she sought help from Manchester Hospital in September 2019.

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Soraia Bonuar Gomes in the hospital.

Soraia got blisters all over her body

Doctors thought it was chickenpox, and after a four-day stay, Soraia was released home.

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But later that night her legs became so weak that she could not walk, and she called an ambulance.

She was taken to St Mary’s Hospital and developed blisters all over her body.

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Her face swelled and her skin began to peel, leaving her in agony.

She was transferred to Salford Royal Hospital, where doctors treated her for a severe allergic reaction to her medication.

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Doctors don’t know which drug caused the reaction, but stopped both drugs immediately, she said.

Doctors diagnosed her with a “potentially life-threatening skin condition” due to her allergic reaction and quickly went to work to save the young mother’s life.

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Soraia Bonuar Gomes with Reyven Vallenty.

Along with numerous blood tests, Soraia was warned that she could lose her baby.

Soraia spent two weeks in the intensive care unit at Salford Hospital before being transferred to a ward for another two weeks.

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She said: “When I heard my baby was going to survive, I felt like my world was about to be found.

“I was terrified for the rest of my pregnancy that I might lose my baby.”

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Soraia welcomes healthy girl Reyven-Vallenty in March 2020 and couldn’t be happier.

She didn’t let the traumatic experience stop her from pursuing her dreams of a family and last year welcomed her third child, Allyson Ivenancya, who is now ten months old.

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She said: “I’m so happy now.”

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