Amy Ellis, 19, was put on life support after her body began to reject her heart transplant, but she was able to recover unexpectedly and now has hope for the future
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A new teenage mom has miraculously recovered after her body rejected a heart transplant shortly after giving birth to her child.
Amy Ellis, 19, was asked to say her final farewells to her newborn daughter Ivy Rae after doctors believed she would soon pass away with no options.
However, after four doses of a chemotherapy drug, her heart miraculously restarted and Amy was able to begin to recover.
Amy, from Allerton, near Bradford, West Yorks., Said: “I was in so much pain my antibodies started attacking my heart which sent me into one of the rarest releases.
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“The doctors didn’t know what to do, they had no options and everyone was taken to the hospital to say goodbye.
“My daughter came to say goodbye to me, all the people who were dear to me were outside that hospital that day and what is heartbreaking about all of this is that I didn’t even know I was knocked on the door of death.
“Everything was empty, the last thing I imagined was dying. I ended up having four doses of a chemotherapy drug that saved my life, my heart started again.”
Amy now feels much better and hopes to return home to her daughter and her fiancé Charlie.
She needed a heart transplant because of dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle that stretches and thins.
This means that his heart is unable to efficiently pump blood throughout the body. Amy has been on medication since being diagnosed with the disease at the age of eight.
Last December, Amy found out she was pregnant and was told by doctors that she could no longer take her heart pills due to the health risk to her unborn baby.
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At 32 weeks pregnant, her health changed and she had to stay in the hospital and needed a pacemaker.
Ivy Rae was born in June from a Caesarean section due to Amy’s declining health.
Amy said: “The doctors came to see me on the 17th and told me if they hadn’t brought Ivy Rae the next day I wouldn’t have, my body was too weak and my heart sank. collapsed massively. “
Two days after giving birth, Amy was fitted with a pacemaker and was able to return home, but was returned to hospital six weeks later after falling ill from a blood clot.
After being rushed into surgery for a life-saving biventricular assist device, adapted to help pump blood through her body as her heart failed, Amy was put on the urgent transplant list in September.
A matched donor was found, but after having the transplant, Amy’s antibodies started attacking her new heart and she was on life support for 14 days.
It was unlikely at that time that she would survive, but she was able to recover somehow.
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She remembers waking up one day tied to threads and medical supplies and the drugs she was taking meant she didn’t even recognize her fiancé.
Since her unexpected recovery, she is slowly trying to feel herself again and is currently in the hospital learning to walk again for the third time.
She hopes she can return home with her family soon.
Amy stressed the importance of having an organ donor registry, to which all people in the UK are now automatically enrolled unless they opt out.
She added: “I really think people should be on the organ donor list like it’s not for a charitable soul being a donor, I wouldn’t be here today and I wouldn’t had the chance to see my daughter grow up.
“I think it’s really important to give people a chance at life, so anyone reading this, I really hope you all become organ donors and save innocent lives.”