Somerset mother recovering after medical ordeal; Benefit to be held May 17
Somerset resident Molly Smith was elated when she took a pregnancy test in January and it was positive. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing.
“It was a shock,” Molly said. “Jamie (her husband) was out of town and my reaction was ‘no way.’ It was breathtakingly exciting.”
She was shocked because she and her husband of 10 years were told in 2005 or 2006 that they would never have children. They adopted two siblings in 2009. Eithan is a junior at Somerset High School and Lakota attends Century College in the Twin Cities. Molly has a stepdaughter, Chloe, who is 15.
Molly said she was thrilled, but a bit apprehensive about her career, because she had just started a new job at a children’s dentist office in the area on Jan. 2 after being laid off for six months.
The Smiths’ elation quickly turned into a nightmare no parent should ever go through.
In early February, Molly went in for an ultrasound, but the pregnancy wasn’t visible in her uterus. Her hormone levels were high, and they told her she was on the brink of miscarrying. Still Molly and Jamie had hope.
The next week, Molly went in for lab tests, and her hormone levels had increased, which isn’t normal when a miscarriage is imminent like she had been told. She had another ultrasound done, and the pregnancy still wasn’t found in her uterus.
Ultimately, Molly ended up having surgery for an ectopic pregnancy on Valentine’s Day. The doctors were shocked by how large the fetus was for how far along she was. She had conceived somewhere around New Year’s Eve. The fetus was located in her left fallopian tube near the uterus.
“My husband said the photos looked like a pop can in a straw,” Molly said. “There was no salvaging the fallopian tube.”
Molly was released the same day. She said her pain was terrible, and instead of decreasing as time went on, it grew worse. She was unable to take the painkillers prescribed to her because they made her ill.
On Feb. 19, she worked a full day, but was so ill by the end of the day that she went to bed early. She was so weak that when she needed a glass of water, she phoned a friend to come help her. By the time her friend arrived, she was in so much pain she couldn’t move. Her temperature was 105 degrees.
“It was the most painful thing I’ve ever been through, and I was in a head-on collision with a drunk driver,” Molly said. “I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.”
As Molly tried to roll over, she felt a terrible ripping sensation. Her friend heard a loud popping noise. She was told later that the noise was the coagulated blood in her body ripping away from the tissue. She had been internally bleeding for an unknown amount of time.
Her friend rushed her to Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater because Molly knew she couldn’t afford an ambulance bill. She had surgery that night, which was similar to going through a Caesarean section. The doctors were unable to determine the origin of the internal bleeding.
“They had to cut me wide open and clean out all the blood,” Molly said. “My ovary had swollen to the size of a golf ball on the left side. It was a massive infection.”
The doctors had to remove her left ovary as well, which gives Smith little hope of ever conceiving another child. She had to endure another surgery and two days in the intensive care unit because she wasn’t stabilizing. Her blood pressure and oxygen levels kept dropping. She almost died.
“It was one massive infection after another,” Molly said. “If it could go wrong, it was going wrong.”
She was finally released on Feb. 28. Since she was still in the 90-day probation period at her new job, she lost her job due to the time she missed. Her family maxed out their insurance and co-pays, which left behind a huge stack of bills.
Smith found another job at La Petite Dentistry, a pediatric dentist, in Hudson. While that is a huge relief, they still don’t know how they’re going to pay all the medical bills.
“It wasn’t just the medical bills, it’s the day-to-day bills like the mortgage and the phone too that we’re playing catch up on,” Molly said, due to missing work and losing her job.
She said she finally started feeling like herself again at the end of March.
“I am healing, physically and emotionally,” Molly said.
The public is invited to support Molly and Jamie at a benefit from 2 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Somerset American Legion Post (464 County Rd. VV, Somerset).
A spaghetti dinner will be offered at $5 per person. Fifty dollars will buy a chance to win a 2000 Harley Davidson Fatboy with only 21,427 miles.
Other silent auction items and raffles include hand-crafted lawn art, jewelry, crafts and household services.
For more information or to donate, contact Cassie at 507-456-2961, or visit youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/benefit-for-jamie-and-molly-smith/155430 or facebook.com/events/488726291234149.