Posted: Mon, July 8 2013 at 6:36 PM, Updated: Wed, September 25 2013 at 9:16 PM
A Medford mother is fighting for her life in a Portland hospital Monday night.
One day a healthy pregnant woman. The next on life support in a coma.
Pregnant with her second child, 22-year-old Kiersten King went last week for what she thought would just be a regular check up. "She was not feeling well that day, actually she almost didn't go to her OB appointment because she wasn't feeling well." says family friend Christi Wilson.
Doctors found her baby's heart rate was dangerously low. Rushed to Providence Hospital Kiersten had to have an Emergency C Section in order to save the baby.
"It all happened really fast, it was fast" says Wilson. Kiersten was diagnosed with a rare life threatening pregnancy complication called acute fatty liver.
Doctors say the disease is caused by fat building up in the liver of the mother, putting both the mother and baby at serious risk.
Wilson comments about what doctors told them "they said this is so rare we don't have anything to compare this to, we have no idea what the future holds for her."
Baby Jameson was born healthy but Kiersten slipped into a coma. She is now in Portland at Oregon Health and Science University on life support.
Her husband Adrian and their two year old daughter at her side. Wilson says "everybody is devastated of course, but they are trying to hold it together for her. She has a great support system up there right now."
Baby Jameson went home from the hospital last weekend. Now all are hoping for his mom to follow suit. "I think she's gonna pull through to be with her baby and her new baby Jameson" Wilson says.