A Baltimore mother survives near death experience after IUD breaks into pieces

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A Baltimore mother shared details of her challenging recovery after her IUD shifted, then broke inside her body.

Tanai Smith sits on her couch and watches her 3 year old daughter play. She is contemplating her ‘new norm’, now that she has had a full hysterectomy and she has had her toes removed. Her feet are bandaged. She must use crutches to walk.

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She explained, “I received an I.U.D. six weeks after having my daughter and I was told it was the best type of birth control and shouldn’t given me any problems. it didn’t give me any problems until Nov. 2017 when I got a sharp pain at the bottom of my stomach. When I went to the hospital to get it x rayed it (I.U.D.) was pushed up into my pelvic area, bottom of my stomach but when they went to get it out it had traveled to my liver".

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Smith explained, “I went in December 13 to get it taken out and they were able to get it out successfully but it was broken into pieces. overnight I started to bleed internally and was in pain. I went into septic shock after the surgery, they told my mother they had to bring my blood pressure back up and it caused my hands and toes to turn black like that I lost blood flow".

She said the medical staff told her mother to prepare for the worse. She did recover, but last week had to have her toes removed.

Now she wants to warn other women about I.U.D.’s, “I don’t want this to happen to no other woman. If I could go back I would have never got it.”

Tanai was a full time student studying child psychology at Stevenson University. Now, she's not sure she will be able to pursue her dreams.

She's facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Tanai pay for medical expenses.

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