A mom has revealed how having sex with her husband led to her having a stroke that left her permanently paralyzed and wheelchair bound.
Juliet Asantewaa, 38, from Bantama, Kimasi in the Ashanti Region, found herself on the brink of death after she was hit by an excruciating headache after climaxing with her engineer husband Tony five years ago.
At the time, the mom-to-be was six months into her pregnancy and went in a medically-induced a coma after a series of strokes left her permanently paralyzed down her left side.
Headaches after sex weren’t uncommon for Asantewaa, but on that faithful day, she experienced a sharp pain above her right eye that left her unable to sleep.
She said: “I was writhing on the bed in agony and crying when Tony phoned my mom.”
“I’ve experienced what’s known as post-orgasm ‘thunderclap head-pain’ all through my adult life.”
“The pain I usually have after orgasm is a bit like brain-freeze – quite painful but never lasts long.”
“But after a while, I realized it just wasn’t going away.”
She was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and said she started to panic when she was unable to speak.
Asantewaa said: “I thought I might be having a brain hemorrhage. After that, it was a blur. All I remember is confusion, dreams, and reality mixed together, fear ….”
She was put into an induced coma to let her brain rest and during that time, she had brain surgery – a craniotomy where part of her skull was cut open to release the pressure on her brain.
The doctors were worried that the baby was going to need to be delivered and there was an emergency delivery team on standby.
Fortunately, further scans revealed the baby was fine and after six days, Asantewaa finally emerged from the coma, but paralyzed.
Asantewaa said: “Waking after a coma is nothing like it is in the movies. It’s a slow and confusing process.”
“I was extremely distressed – suicidal at times – and I refused to acknowledge that I‘d survived a stroke.”
Asantewaa had in fact survived a series of strokes: one initial stroke, followed by four more while scans were being performed.
After a further three months in the hospital, Asantewaa was allowed home for two days, then after that she was straight back in for a planned C-section.
Asantewaa revealed she would love to run around the park with her daughter like the other moms do with theirs, but because she’s now wheelchair-bound and that’s just not possible.
Referring to the way her face had collapsed after the stroke, she said: “The only bit of me that’s spontaneously recovered is my ‘wonk-face!’”
“I am totally paralyzed down my left side. I’m a full-time wheelchair-user.”
The mom hopes that stem cell therapy could one day help her regain some of her movement, but she wonders if her paralysis could have been prevented.