Meet Rachel D'Souza-Siebert

It was supposed to be the happiest time of her life.


It was supposed to be the happiest time of her life. In 2011, then 28-year old Rachel D’Souza-Siebert just celebrated the birth of her first child, a son named Cameron. After a few days in the hospital following a C-section, D’Souza-Siebert and her husband brought their baby boy home.

“I was happy to have finally met my little boy and to start this new journey of motherhood,” she said.

But just days after the family came home, everything slammed to a halt. It started one morning in the bathroom. “I was brushing my teeth and all of a sudden this pain began,” D’Souza-Siebert remembered. “And I don’t know how to explain it any better than it felt like somebody had just start of hit me in the back with a baseball bat.” She felt pain in her chest and a tearing feeling in her arms. At first, she tried to lie down on the couch. When that didn’t help, she mentioned the pain to her husband. Assuming this was related to her recent delivery and C-section, they called D’Souza-Siebert’s doctor. Then they raced to the nearest Emergency Room: SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond Heights. Read the rest of Rachel’s story here.


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