Powell Family Shares Their Story of Loss and Hope at the 2015 Cranford Promise Walk

June 1, 2015

11289555_810020032384394_3477410304854117522_oAs this year’s face of preeclampsia for the Cranford, NJ Promise Walk for Preeclampsia, Trashaun and Johari Powell shared their compelling childbirth story of hope and tragedy with a crowd of over 350 supporters in North-Central New Jersey on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Trashaun Powell was only 23 weeks pregnant in early 2013, when she was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome, a severe variant of preeclampsia that affects the liver and blood platelets. She was taken immediately to the intensive care unit (ICU). The Powells were stunned to find out that their baby girl, Mia Jane, would have to be delivered immediately to save Powell’s life.

Mia was 1 lb, 1 oz at delivery, and was whisked away to fight for her own life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“The next day, the NICU social worker came to visit me in the ICU, and encouraged me to go down to see Mia once again because she wasn’t doing so well,” explained Powell. “I got a chance to stick my hands inside and she grabbed my fingers.” Later that night, the NICU nurse came to let Powell know that Mia took a turn for the worse. She would not make it through the night.

Mia was just too small to survive her premature birth, tragically passing away hours after her birth. Her mother Trashaun remained in the intensive care unit for two more weeks, going through multiple surgeries and fighting for her own life.

Powell had heard a little about preeclampsia, but like many women she assumed it was something that would never happen to her. Seeking more information about their family’s traumatic pregnancy experience, the Powells turned to the Preeclampsia Foundation website and the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia as a source of information and to receive support.

Trashaun_JasmineThrough the Foundation’s educational programs, Trashaun and her family were able to learn more about preeclampsia and network with a community of preeclampsia survivors, including those in her home state of New Jersey. The Preeclampsia Foundation community gave Trashaun and her husband Johari the courage to try again.

Thanks to her education about preeclampsia and with extra vigilant care by a team of high risk expert health care providers, Powell delivered a healthy baby girl, Jasmine in July 2014.

“I was very blessed to have delivered a healthy baby the second time and that I was also okay,” said Powell. “Sharing my story with future mothers through the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia gives us the power of educating ourselves to know the signs and symptoms to look for when faced with Preeclampsia/HELLP. I am thrilled to assist the Preeclampsia Foundation in the hopes of helping another woman not have to face HELLP Syndrome alone.”

To help support the work of the Powell Family, you can still make a donation at www.promisewalk.org/cranford.


Trashaun and Jasmine at the 2015 Cranford Promise Walk.

Trashaun and Jasmine at the 2015 Cranford Promise Walk.



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