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A Patient Story: High-Risk Pregnancy and Preeclampsia

Posted on September 29, 2017

A High-Risk Pregnancy with Preeclampsia

Katie and Olsen Clapp
Katie and Olsen Clapp

Olsen Clapp started out life at just 2 pounds, 15 ounces, but has since grown into “a thriving, energetic 5-year-old” who is now in kindergarten.

“He’s always been able to achieve his goals,” said his mother, Katie Clapp, a stay-at-home mom of three in Knoxville. “He’s been able to learn and to read at a really young age. We are extremely blessed and grateful for his progress.”

Diagnosed with Preeclampsia

Katie was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 28 weeks of pregnancy with Olsen. A full-term is typically 40 weeks, and anything less than 36 is considered a premature birth.

Preeclampsia is a condition marked by high blood pressure in the mother, and if left untreated, it can cause serious complications such as seizures, damage to kidney and liver, and even death. Preeclampsia affects about five to eight percent of all births in the United States.

Delivering a Healthy Baby Boy

Olsen Clapp
Olsen Clapp

Katie was sent to Fort Sanders Perinatal Center for an ultrasound, which revealed that Olsen’s growth was restricted. She was cared for by Perry Roussis, MD, a perinatologist who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Roussis admitted her to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in her 30th week of pregnancy.

“They catered to my every need,” says Katie. “It was a very scary time in my life, but the nurses and the doctors took wonderful care of me. Our daily goal was to keep Olsen in utero until 32 weeks.”

Katie and her high-risk team reached the calendar goal, and Olsen was born Jan. 3, 2012, by cesarean section. He was taken immediately to the neonatal intensive care unit at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, which is across the street from Fort Sanders Regional. The two hospitals are connected by an underground tunnel.

“That’s a huge burden that was lifted, because I was able to visit him all the time. I went through the tunnel… it’s cool,” she says with a laugh.

Olsen stayed at Children’s Hospital four weeks before he went home.

For her second and third pregnancies, Katie and her husband, Scott, decided to return to Dr. Roussis at Fort Sanders Perinatal Center. Her other two children – a boy, Benson, and a girl, Elliott, were born full-term and healthy.

“I think that’s because of Dr. Roussis’ expertise, because he know what was best for my situation,” Katie says. “He was able to monitor my full-term pregnancies from the beginning.”

“I do recommend Fort Sanders Perinatal Center and Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. They’re wonderful facilities – the nursing staff, the doctors, and even housekeeping. Every role is important and they work as a team. Your health is their priority. That’s what makes you feel comfortable and have confidence in their plan of care.

“They don’t only care about the baby, they care about the mother as well,” Katie adds. “Even though you’re experiencing a very serious condition, they have a way of making you feel comfortable and giving you realistic expectations. I always felt confident in their care.”

Complete, High-Risk Pregnancy Care within One Practice

There’s no safer place for your baby’s beginning than at Fort Sanders Perinatal Center with complete high-risk pregnancy care in one practice and expert emergent care just steps away for our smallest patients. Call (865) 331-2020 or for more information.

About Dr. Perry Roussis

Perry Roussis, MD, FACOG
Perry Roussis, MD, FACOG

Perry Roussis, MD considers it a privilege to work with families and help bring a new life into the world. He takes his role as educator and physician very seriously and has served women in East Tennessee for more than 20 years. 

For more information about Dr. Roussis, view his full profile here. He is accepting new patients, and you can make an appointment with him by calling the office at (865) 331-2020.

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