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Pasang Lama, a 25 year old mother of two, lives with her family in Lho village, Gorkha district – six days’ walk from the nearest road.

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She was pregnant with her third child when the local health post was upgraded and became supported by PHASE staff. Throughout her pregnancy Pasang was bleeding a little, Indu the PHASE Auxiliary Nurse Midwife, advised her very strongly that she should go to the hospital to have her baby. But this was easier said than done: Who would look after the children and the animals when Pasang was gone? Her husband was away with a trekking company, trying to earn some extra money for the family, and Pasang and her mother in law could barely manage all their work between them. Also, she had had healthy babies before and just hoped that everything would be OK.

When she was about 2 months away from her due date, Pasang suddenly started to bleed heavily, Indu was called and quickly realised that there was something seriously wrong.  Pasang had started to have some contractions, but when Indu checked her birth passage, there were just a lot of large blood clots and tissue, the baby’s head could still be felt quite high up in Pasag’s abdomen. From her training, Indu knew that the bleeding was coming from the placenta and that both mother and baby would die soon if she didn’t act quickly: it was impossible to get Pasang to a hospital in time.

Indu took a risk to save the mother: she put up a drip of Oxytocin to bring on stronger contractions.  The premature baby was very small and was delivered within a short time, sadly Pasang’s baby didn’t survive.  Pasang had lost a lot of blood but due to Indu’s quick intervention, she survived life threating pregnancy complications and recovered to be able to look after her family.

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