Dentist suddenly dies after giving birth to second child, rare complication to blame

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI (WXYZ) - Dr. Elizabeth Curtis was a respected dentist, wife and mother who died unexpectedly Sunday after a rare complication during the birth of her second child, Katherine.

Curtis reportedly lost consciousness Saturday during labor and doctors had to perform an emergency c-section. Baby Katherine survived but, on Sunday, Curtis reportedly died from an Amniotic Fluid Embolism which occurs when the amniotic fluid and other fetal material enters the mother's bloodstream causing an allergic reaction.

"She was always the bright light in the room," said friend Laura Conley who told Action News that Liz, who had an infectious laugh, "threw herself into everything she did" including her practice, volunteering and hobbies.

"To have her gone now just doesn't make sense," said Conley.

Curtis, a dentist in Grand Haven, lived in the western Michigan city of Spring Lake with her husband, Scott, and three-year-old son, Adam.

A portion of her obituary reads:

Elizabeth loved her family, her community and her profession. She was an active community volunteer and secretary of the Grand Haven Area Rotary, a member of Grand Haven Chamber Commerce and treasurer of the Muskegon Dental Society. She enjoyed building furniture for her home, great conversation with her friends and family, and adventures with her children. Elizabeth had a caring heart and enjoyed volunteering for Miles of Smiles.

Memorials in memory of Dr. Curtis may be given to the Elizabeth Curtis Dental Fund for Children In Need at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.
A fund to help support Elizabeth's husband and children has been set up at under "Benefit for Elizabeth Curtis Family".


Benefit for Elizabeth Curtis Family
Benefit for Elizabeth Curtis Family
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