Thousands of people have reached out and showed support for a new Knott County father whose wife, a school district counselor, suffered sudden, catastrophic complications with her pregnancy. Their son lived, but she died Sunday.
Jordan Hall, the assistant general manager of Knott County’s Troublesome Creek Times, and Morgan Hall, a college and career navigator for Knott County Schools, went to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital after her blood pressure increased Saturday, Jordan Hall said. Until then, her pregnancy had been “perfect.”
A few hours later, Noah was born six weeks early in an emergency C-section and weighed 4 pounds and 14 ounces, his father said. The baby was flown from Whitesburg ARH to the University of Kentucky, where he was doing well Monday, his father said.
Morgan Hall eventually was moved to UK Chandler Hospital as well. But the damage was too great.
”Morgan fought so very hard with everything in her, even after every organ failed,” Hall said Sunday night. “Only someone with a heart as pure as hers could have kept on that long. She wanted to be the best mother she could be more than anything. ... She already was by the love and care she showed him in the womb. They brought Baby Noah into her room while she was still somewhat responsive, and I reassured her how good he was doing and how great she did. A tear welled in the corner of her eye.“
Many followed the couple’s heartbreaking ordeal through Jordan Hall’s Facebook posts.
In addition to prayers and remembrances of Morgan, some offered assurances that Jordan and Noah Hall would not be alone in the days ahead.
“I’m a UK native & grad living in the Memphis area, & am lifting you & baby Noah & your families in fervent prayer ... y’all are in the heart-thoughts & prayers of thousands,” Cathie Owens Liles wrote.
Hall said Monday that he and Morgan, 26, had packed a lifetime of memories into their three years of marriage. They traveled to 21 countries, but the couple loved to be at home, “doing nothing.”
They were married in 2016 after meeting two years before in Hindman, he told the Herald-Leader. “We couldn’t remember a time before one another,” he said. Hall said he stayed with his parents on Sunday night because he can’t imagine returning to the home that the two shared.
“It’s the very worst thing that could happen at the very worst time,” he said in an interview.
“I’m going to give that baby my all,” Hall said. “He seems to be ahead of the game at 34 weeks. He’s getting feeding and breathing assistance, which is normal. But he’s strong.” Hall said his son may be able to leave the hospital in two or three weeks.
The loss of Morgan Hall left many trying to understand what went wrong so quickly.
“The staffs of each hospital have all been in tears. They’ve never seen something like this happen. Her exams were all perfect. It came on so suddenly,” Hall said.
The two were so conscientious about the pregnancy that they took a birthing class, “she watched what she ate, she exercised,” Hall said. They were on the alert for preeclampsia because her mother had experienced the condition.
They went to the hospital in the middle of the night when her blood pressure increased and before long, “her blood pressure was 222/124, and she soon was in a lot of miserable pain.“ Delivering Noah didn’t improve Morgan’s condition.
“Morgan continually got worse in recovery. While we still don’t know what exactly happened, it’s believed toxemia led to a lot of other life-threatening medical issues, especially with her heart. They think it is HELLP Syndrome that developed after the childbirth.”
“She fought so hard when every organ failed,” he said. “She coded seven times and was still fighting. She fought so hard to be a mother.”
The preeclampsia.org website said the mortality rate with the condition can be as high as 30 percent.
“The community has come together, the whole state has, even the country, the community was planning a vigil in downtown Hindman right before she passed. I’ve had churches from more states than I can remember to tell me they are praying,” Hall said.
“I can’t begin to express my sincerest appreciation to the thousands of people who have reached out with support in this very difficult time. Your prayers have kept me going,” he said. “They lifted up the family and gave Morgan every possible chance. “
A celebration of life will be held for Morgan Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hindman Funeral Services at Hindman.