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It turns out Jordan's worst fears came into being..they were too late after all.
"I'm sorry for your loss Mr Carter," the doctor said sympathetically.
"What happened? What went wrong?" Jordan tried to make sense of it all. "Was she stressed? Under pressure?"
"She had and ectopic pregnancy so it's none of the reasons you've stated."
"What does that mean in layman's terms doctor?" Jordan inquired.
"For pregnancy to happen, the ovary has to release an egg into the Fallopian tube, where it stays for about 24 hours. There it has to come in contact with the sperm to be fertilized. The fertilized egg stays in the Fallopian tube for 3 or 4 days before it heads to the uterus. There it attaches to the lining and continues to grow until a baby is born. But if the fertilized egg implants in the Fallopian tube or somewhere else in the abdomen, you end up with what's called an ectopic pregnancy . In these cases, the pregnancy can't continue normally, and it requires emergency treatment, which in your wife's case is necessary." The doctor broke it down in simple terms.
"Are you saying that she's going to need surgery?" Jordan was perplexed.
"I'm afraid so. The reason being her Fallopian tube ruptured so we need to do a laparotomy which means we make an incision in her lower abdomen and insert a thin, flexible instrument called a laparoscope to remove the ectopic pregnancy. If her Fallopian tube is damaged, we may have to remove it as well. Meaning she might not be able to concieve children in the near future.."
"What?! Isn't there another way?"
"I was just explaining the worst case scenario Mr Carter..let's not jump ahead of ourselves. for now at least." Dr Burns patted him on the shoulder, "I've got to and get ready for the surgery. You can come this way and fill in the necessary paperwork."
Against his better judgement Jordan decided to call Lana's mother, out of courtesy more than anything. She flat out refused to visit her daughter at the hospital and gave Jordan an earful. After they exchanged unthinkable expletives he hung up and promised never to call her again and she happily agreed with him.
"Well can't say you didn't try?" Jones commented and Jordan gave a brief shrug.
"I called Kyle and asked him to bring Maya with," Jordan divulged. "They should be here any minute from now."
"Smart move," Jones approved. "Maya would probably be the best person to talk to Lana-she can totally relate."
Kyle was Jordan's closet friend and mentor. His wife Maya had a miscarriage a while ago and he had called her to help soften the blow when Lana woke up. She would probably be shaken to the core after the doctor delivered the news.
"There they are-at the Reception-" Jordan indicated with a point of his finger, "I'll go over and get them."
"We're here to see Lana Carter?" Kyle was saying to the star-struck receptionist.
"Oh my gosh Kyle Kinley!" She put her hand over her mouth in amazement.
"That's what she said!" Jordan recited as he crept up from behind.
Kyle turned around with an amused look on his face, "Jordan "freakin' Carter!"
They did their bro-hug and handshake, "Kyle Kinley!" Jordan punched him on the shoulder.
"Hie Jordan," Maya enfolded him in a tight embrace.
"Maya Walsh-Kinley, the most beautiful woman to grace planet earth." Jordan pecked her on the cheek. "It's a pity you married this jerk over here otherwise.."
"Sorry she's not into Ben 10s." Kyle quipped, "she prefers a real man," he said as he tensed his arms.
"Thanks for coming guys..I-"
"Don't sweat it dude. That's what friends are for right?" Kyle reiterated.
"How are you though? Any word on Lana's condition?" Maya grabbed Jordan's hand and they advanced down the spotless corridor to the hospital cafeteria. Nurses and other medical staff couldn't help but turn their heads as they looked at two of America's hottest heartthrobs pacing down their hospital hallways. Some were bold enough to approach them and asked for selfies or autographs.
They sat down and ordered coffee as Jordan gave a recount of the incidents that led up to this point.
"She's-uh-in surgery right now." Jordan revealed everything the doctor had just told him.
"And how are you feeling about all of this?" Kyle put his hands around the cup and studied Jordan's face for a reaction.
"I don't know-cocktail of feelings I guess.."
"I can only imagine." Maya's face fell as she reached over the table and squeezed Jordan's hand.
"You're probably riddled by guilt more than anything else right?" Kyle hit the nail on the head.
"Yeah.." Jordan suppressed the tears that threatened to spill over and focused on the white surface of the table until his vision got blurry.
"I shouldn't have left her like that-" his voice broke, "but I panicked!"
"It's too late for regrets." Kyle voiced quietly. "You just have to try and do the right thing from here on."
"I don't even know where to begin.." he said in strangled voice.