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Friday, May 1, 2020

Black Mother Dies During Childbirth After Tweeting About Hospital Complaints

Amber Isaac, young Black mom who died after giving birth

New York, NY — Amber Isaac, a 26-year old first-time mother, reportedly died shortly after giving birth to her son, Elias, at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. She apparently feared it might happen and even tweeted about it days before her unfortunate death.

“She had mentioned to me that she feels like she’s not gonna make it,” her 28-year old partner, Bruce McIntyre, told The City. “And I would try my best to cheer her up. She would tell her mom she’s really glad the baby is healthy, but she’s scared that she’s not gonna make it.”

Sadly, what Amber feared came true on April 21 when her heart stopped as the medical staff removed her son via emergency C-section, where her husband was prohibited to enter because of the general anesthetic used.

“As soon as they took the baby out, her heart stopped,” McIntyre said. “And she bled out. Her platelet levels were so low that her blood was like water, so nothing was clotting.”

According to reports, Amber’s platelet levels had been dropping since February and even though she wanted to see the doctor, they were only able to meet via video call due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Having researched that the maternal mortality rate among Black women is higher, she expressed her frustration about it on Twitter. On April 17, she wrote on Twitter, “Can’t wait to write a tell all about my experience during my last two trimesters dealing with incompetent doctors at Montefiore.”

She was only asked to come to the hospital on April 21 after calling and sending numerous emails. That day, Amber gave birth when doctors realized she had HELLP syndrome, a condition that could lead to pregnancy complications.

Amber delivered a healthy baby boy, Elias. However, she did not survive.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help her family with the expenses for Amber’s funeral service, which has been made more difficult by the current pandemic. Any extra amount from the fundraising is said to go towards her baby’s future expenses. It has so far raised over $32,000, surpassing the $10,000 goal.