An expectant mother nearly lost her unborn baby after suffering a life-threatening reaction to period painkillers.
Soraia Bonuar Gomes, 30, from Manchester, had excruciating rashes all over her body that cracked and peeled, leaving her skin red, raw.
In September 2018, she was taken to the hospital eight weeks pregnant with daughter Reyven-Vallenty.
Ms Gomes was prescribed anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea pills this June after struggling with severe menstrual symptoms for years.
The cleaner became pregnant in July and claims doctors did not tell her to stop taking her medication.
She spent a month in the hospital where doctors told her the baby might not survive. But against the odds, she gave birth seven months later.
Soraia Bonuar Gomes, 30, from Manchester, was prescribed anti-inflammation and anti-nausea pills in June 2019 after struggling with period pain for years. The cleaner became pregnant the following month and says the doctors did not tell her to stop taking the medication. Pictured: Ms. Gomes in the hospital
The mother-of-three was rushed to hospital in September 2019 – eight weeks into her pregnancy – after developing blisters all over her body which burst and peeled (pictured). Doctors gave her high doses of pain relief and popped the bubbles. They warned Ms. Gomes that she would probably lose her baby
Doctors gave Ms Gomes (pictured in hospital) high doses of pain relief and the bubbles burst. They warned that she would probably lose her child
But after a month in NHS care, Mrs Gomes (pictured) was discharged and welcomed her daughter Reyven-Vallenty (pictured) seven months later.
Ms Gomes, who has two other children, began suffering from extreme menstrual pain after the birth of her first child, Denzel, in 2014.
Her GP prescribed naproxen and cyclizine in June 2019.
Naproxen is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat pain, including menstrual cramps, back pain, and osteoarthritis.
It is only recommended during pregnancy if doctors judge that its benefits outweigh the risks of disrupting the unborn baby’s circulation and amniotic fluid levels.
HOW CAN YOU DEVELOP AN ALLERGY DURING PREGNANCY?
Some women may develop new allergies during pregnancy.
And others who previously had mild allergies may suffer more or less during pregnancy.
Most of the changes are temporary and will return to normal once the baby is born.
It is thought to be caused by changing hormone levels and their impact on the immune system.
As the body adapts to allow mother and baby to co-exist, the response of the adaptive part of the immune system – which triggers antibody and T cell responses – is suppressed.
This is why pregnancy is considered a form of immunodeficiency, as the response of the immune system is reduced.
Expectant mothers taking prescription drugs are advised to take them until they have spoken to their GP.
Cyclizine is used to help with nausea. It is commonly prescribed for nausea in pregnancy and there is no evidence that it can harm an unborn baby.
But just a month after being prescribed the drug cocktail, Ms Gomes became pregnant.
She went to hospital in Manchester in September 2019 after small red spots appeared on her body.
The doctors thought it was chicken pox and discharged her after a four-day stay in the hospital.
Later that night, however, her legs became so weak that she could not walk, and blisters formed all over her body.
Ms Gomes said: “When I started to react to the medicine, all these bubbles appeared on my skin as if they were filled with water. It was very painful.’
She called an ambulance and was taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester.
In the hospital, her face swelled and her blisters burst and peeled, leaving her with pain and red skin.
She was taken to Salford Royal Hospital where doctors treated her for a severe allergic reaction to her medication.
Doctors don’t know which drug caused the reaction, but they stopped both immediately and ran blood tests, she said.
Mrs Gomes said: “Once I was in hospital I didn’t know if my baby was going to survive.”
She added: “I lost my sight, I couldn’t walk, I was just confined to bed for two months and was fed through a drip.
“It was so scary. My whole skin burned all over my body.’
She added: “The doctors had to burst the bubbles to allow the fluid to flow out. They had to put me to sleep and relieve the pain a lot so I couldn’t feel what they were doing.
“Every time I woke up, the first thing I would ask was how my baby was doing.
“The doctors said I shouldn’t think about the baby because I might lose it and just worry about myself, but I always worried about my baby. It was so scary.’
Ms Gomes said doctors diagnosed her with a “potentially life-threatening skin condition” as a result of her allergic reaction.
Pregnant women may suddenly develop new allergies during pregnancy, even if they have never suffered from them before.
She spent two weeks in Salford Hospital’s intensive care unit before being moved to a ward for a further two weeks.
Doctors finally confirmed that her baby would survive.
Ms Gomes said when she heard the news she felt her “world was going to be found”. However, she remained terrified that she would lose the baby for the rest of the pregnancy.
But against the odds, Ms. Gomes gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Reyven-Vallenty, in March 2020 and couldn’t be happier.
Not letting the traumatic experience stop her dreams of a family, she welcomed her third child, Allyson Ivenancya, now 10 months old, last year.
She said, “I’m so happy now.”