When Genna Harmon went in for a checkup 38 weeks into her pregnancy, doctors discovered her amniotic fluid was low and immediately sent her to delivery. Although the birth of Genna’s second daughter went smoothly, it was the care she received afterwards that led her to write a letter to the president of Kaiser Permanente’s Georgia region. Genna lost a lot of blood during childbirth. Her midwife called Alyssa Dayton, MD, at Kaiser Permanente Georgia’s Crescent Centre Medical Center, who had Genna rushed to surgery.
“As my eyes closed and I was put under anesthesia, I wondered how my husband was going to handle our two girls all by himself,” Harmon wrote. She later learned she had an inverted uterus, a rare condition that caused her blood pressure to drop to 50/20 and led to the loss of half of her blood.
When Genna awoke, Kathleen Butt, MD, at Kaiser Permanente Georgia’s Glenlake Medical Center held her hand and apologetically told her, “We had to do a hysterectomy.” Genna was just relieved to be alive. “Every kiss I get from one of my daughters, every milestone I’ve gotten to see, I’ve gotten to see because the Kaiser doctors and medical team saved me. They were there for me. They will have my business for life.”