Tanai Smith, of Baltimore, shared her story with various outlets in the hope to help other women.
A 25-year-old woman who lost her ovaries, womb and toes after her IUD forced its way up into her stomach and migrated to her liver and said that her faith in God has helped her to recover.
“Sometimes, things happen in your life and you don’t know why,” Tanai Smith, of Baltimore, Md., wrote on the GoFundMe page. “You ask yourself why me or what did I do to deserve it? But what you should be asking is: what can I learn from this. I am finally ready to tell my story, because I feel like I can help someone.”
Smith said that she was offered birth control six weeks after her daughter 2014 birth. She said that she was told that it would work for five years, but an annual check-up with a new gynecologist in October 2017, would she learned that there might be a problem.
The gynecologist, whom she did not name in her post, could not find the IUD, and reportedly sent her for two hours. Smith said that the scans does not show the IUD.
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“On a day in the beginning of November I was at work I started with a sharp pain in the lower right side of my stomach, and the first thing that came into my head was this, that IUD?” she wrote, adding that she went to the first aid if it is deteriorated.
Smith said that she was taken for an X-ray, which revealed that her IUD had wound in her stomach.
“I went and spoke with my OB-GYN, he told him what was going on and even showed him the X-ray image that they have allowed me to take,” she wrote. “So he said I should get surgery. So I asked him how would they look like and he told me they would get me under my belly button and a scope.”
Smith claims that when she woke from the Dec. 13 procedure, she noticed that she was cut three times, and that she was told that the COIL broke in pieces and had traveled to her liver. She claims that she was released from the hospital, despite the fact that they are bleeding, but had to be rushed back during the night.
“I was internally bleeding,” Smith said. “After the surgery my mother was told that when they are open [SIC] to me, my ovaries was [SIC] black and that they had to give me a hysterectomy. After the surgery I went into septic shock in the ICU for a few weeks.”
Smith said that her organs began to fail and she was placed on a ventilator.
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“At the time, I didn’t know what was going on or what would happen,” Smith wrote in an essay published in Women’s Health. “I was convinced that I would not make – that I would die.”
She said she spent weeks away from her daughter, because they do not want the medical devices to scare her, and she lost the feeling in her hands and feet.
“At the end of my third week in the hospital, feeling back to my hands, while my toes began to black from necrosis, death of tissue due to decreased blood flow,” she wrote. “On 2 February, almost two months after my first surgery I was finally discharged with a prognosis that hung over me for months: When I felt ready, I’d need to return for the removal of all the toes of my left foot and the tips of my toes.”
Smith had her toes removed in the beginning of May and said that they are not yet able to return to school or her part-time jobs. She said that she was told that the IUD was too soon after childbirth, and the healing of her womb pushed, or the tightening of her muscles during each menstrual cycle forced the device to the top.