Former child star Jodie Sweetin nearly lost her life due to internal bleeding following the birth of her second child on August 31. “As far as nine lives go, I think I’m down to about four,” she tells People magazine.
What should have been one of the happiest moments in Jodie Sweetin‘s life turned into a real life nightmare. Shortly after giving birth via scheduled C-section to her daughter, Beatrix, on August 31, she began to feel extremely weak. Before long (she tells People magazine) she “was in excruciating pain.” Doctors soon realized that she was bleeding internally and they rushed her into surgery. “It was terrifying,” says Jodie, 28.
Doctors removed two liters of blood from her abdomen, but were unable to locate the exact problem spot. She needed several transfusions and the situation looked so dire, that her mother, Janice, and boyfriend, Morty Coyle, had to deal with the possibility that the former Full House star wouldn’t survive. “We asked doctors if there was anything we could do,” Morty, 41, tells the magazine. “They said, ‘We have a nice chapel downstairs.’” Can you think of anything more terrifying for a brand new father, HollyMoms?
Tests revealed that Jodie was going into DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation), a disorder that causes irregular clotting and continued bleeding. Jodie, who kicked an addiction to meth and has been clean for nearly two years, spent two days in the ICU after coming out of surgery. And she is singing the praises of her boyfriend. “He never left my side,” she reveals. “I couldn’t have asked for a better partner.”
It must be nice for her to have a good man in her life, after going through a nasty divorce from her first husband Cody Herpin. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Zoie, together. “She’s such a gift,” says her proud mama about her first born. “I just want her to be loved from all sides.”
After her near-death experience, it looks like Jodie is making the most of every second she’s been given.