Friends, Family Mourn Woman Who Died After Giving Birth to Twins

Friends and family are mourning a Huntington woman who died Saturday, just hours after giving birth to twins.

Andrea Termotto, 35, underwent an emergency c-section at Katz Women’s Hospital in Manhasset, giving birth Friday to the twins, said Sara Arahovitis, sister to Termotto’s wife, Rabbi Jenn Weinstein. The twins are thriving, Sara said.

But Termotto went into cardiac arrest, Sara Arahovitis said, was revived but developed a condition called amniotic fluid embolism. Initially, the problem was thought to be a clot in her heart, but she began bleeding, and the clot dissolved.  “Her body couldn’t handle it,” Sara said. Termotto died Saturday.  The twins, born at 33 weeks, are in the hospital neo-natal unit.

The rare condition occurs when amniotic fluid enters the mother’s bloodstream and leads to cardiovascular collapse, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Sara said Andrea, who was a dietitian with the Northport VA Medical Center, providing home-based care to veterans, was “in great health” until the c-section became necessary.

“We are very, very blessed” to have family nearby, Sara said. Jenn Weinstein is the daughter of Rabbi Jay Weinstein, who lives in Huntington. Other relatives live in Commack and Nassau County and other parts of the country.

In addition to the twins, Andrea had a son, Ellis, 3, with Weinstein.

The family has a GoFundMe campaign running to cover medical costs, including the NICU costs, living expenses and other needs.

Andrea, Sara Arahovitis said, had just gone to work in January at the VA hospital.

“She had a passion project had motherhood,” Sara said. ” She struggled with Ellis post partum and came out and was thriving and advocating for post partum mental health.”

Arahovitis said she believed that Andrea hung on long enough so that her death wouldn’t occur on the same day as her twins’ birthday.

Weinstein serves the Simchat HaLev congregation in Woodbury.

Northwell said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Termotto family and our caregivers mourn this loss along with them.   While federal privacy laws prevent us from responding directly about any patient’s care, we can share the following: one of the reasons for Northwell’s clinical excellence is that our physicians and team members remain deeply committed to providing the highest standards of care to all patients we are privileged to serve.”

The funeral is Wednesday at Gutterman’s Funeral Home, 8000 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, at 10 a.m. Burial will be at  Beth Moses cemetery in West Babylon. The funeral will be  live streamed at: https://www.facebook.com/SimchatHaLev/live

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