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Close up belly of young pregnant woman sitting outdoors. (iStock). Belle Von Stockhausen is a new mother in Tuscon, Arizona. Her baby is 5 months old. And if she hadn’t overruled the medical staff who kept sending her home after her C-section, she might not be alive to see him. After giving birth, Von Stockhausen developed peripartum cardiomyopathy, a rare weakness in the heart that often does not present strong symptoms until the issue is too severe to stop. In Von Stockhausen’s case, her hands and feet swelled up, but the staff thought it was from her IV from the C-section and sent her home, with more Oxycodone for the pain. “I literally felt like I was being crazy. I kept saying I’m... Full story

13 January