The following was released in the Arizona Republic today, concerning state treasurer Dean Martin's wife and baby, who both died this week following the baby's birth:
"The Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner has released the cause of death of Kerry Martin, State Treasurer Dean Martin’s wife. They say she suffered a ruptured benign tumor in her liver known as an adenoma. According to the American Liver Foundation, adenomas of the liver are rare and asymptomatic."
I asked Nursing Birth why this would affect a term infant, and she postulated the following:
"The reason the ruptured ademoma would effect the term infant, is from blood loss. Maternal blood volume increases 45-50% in pregnancy, so a “benign” condition in a non-pregnant woman, can become a problem in a pregnant woman, if that condition is sensitive to blood volumes. The ruptured liver ademona could cause a catastrophic internal hemorrhage for the mom, thus causing hypovolemic shock in the infant. Very sad."
("Hypovolemic shock is a particular form of shock in which the heart is unable to supply enough blood to the body. It is caused by blood loss or inadequate blood volume.")
I'm guessing that this birth included a cesarean to save the baby, which was not successful (someone watching the news had mentioned that a cesarean was involved). Fascinating stuff - but still utterly tragic.