Tonawanda News

Local News

February 4, 2008

TONAWANDAS: Suddenly single dad

When a woman in her late 30s becomes pregnant, her doctor typically is more guarded about the unborn baby’s health. Later-life pregnancies are considered high risk for a number of reasons.

One-month-old Rebecca Ripson came into the world in perfect condition.

It’s her mom who didn’t make it.

Patricia A. White, 38, died shortly after giving birth Dec. 29 at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Last-minute complications took her life on what should have been a day of pure joy.

“She never even got to see the baby,” White’s fiancé, David Ripson Jr., said.

Throughout her pregnancy, Patty’s health apparently was not in question. She was enrolled in Children’s high risk program because the combination of her age and prior history — two miscarriages — recommended an extra-watchful eye be kept on the baby.

Patty carried Rebecca to full term without incident and was, in fact, four days overdue when her doctor recommended induced labor. Again, with older mothers, the risks to the unborn child are considered greater.

Patty checked into the hospital Dec. 28 and was given a hormone that did not help nature take its course. The next morning, she received a stronger hormone that started labor almost instantly. Within a couple hours of the medication, her water broke — and a medical crisis erupted.

Dave’s mom, Rhonda Ripson, said Patty complained of sudden, unbearable pain shortly after her water broke. Meantime, Rebecca’s heart rate was dropping from oxygen loss, so the obstetrician ordered an emergency Caesarian section.

When Rebecca was born at 2:09 p.m., a nurse reported to Dave that mother and child had come through just fine.

About a half-hour later, Dave was still in a nearby waiting room with his parents, eager to see Patty and their baby girl, when a “code blue” alert went out.

Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
NDN Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success