New Mom Says She Got Flesh-Eating Bacteria, Lost Four Limbs Due To Hospital's Negligence

A Canadian mother just recently gave birth, but her recovery was a nightmare. The mother ended up getting a flesh-eating bacteria infection.

She lost four of her limbs, and now her kidneys are failing. She and her husband blame the hospital and doctors for the complication.

Lindsey Hubley suffered through a nightmare that pregnant women may not want to hear right now. The 34-year-old mother gave birth to her son at the IWK Health Centre in March but suffered a number of serious complications after giving birth.

Hubley and her fiancé, Mike Simpson, claim the hospital sent her home too quickly and hadn't properly removed the entire placenta from the womb. She also had a tear on her vagina that should have been stitched.

The couple believes that the doctors missing those simple issues is what resulted in the horrors that followed.

Hubley returned to the hospital the day after she was released because she was experiencing pain and discoloration.

It turns out that Hubley had developed a deadly flesh-eating bacteria as a complication, and it threatened her life. Since giving birth she's had both her arms amputated below the elbows, both legs amputated below the knee, and had to have a complete hysterectomy.

Now she is in need of a kidney transplant, and there is no end in sight to the ongoing health problems.

Hubley developed a group A Streptococcus infection, which usually clears up on its own. In rare cases, however, strep infections can turn into Necrotizing fasciitis, bacteria that spreads quickly in the tissue around organs and vessels. It literally kills healthy tissue, causing major damage that can be life-threatening.

Necrotizing fasciitis spreads quickly, often within hours of being infected. Antibiotics are one course of treatment, but usually, surgery to remove infected tissue is necessary to stop the spread.

“Myles and I make our way to the hospital pretty much every day to see mama,” Sampson told CTV News. “Our lives have been turned upside down.”

The 34-year-old father had to quit his job to stay home and care for both Hubley and their baby boy. The couple feel that if the hospital staff were more careful, this wouldn't have happened.

“Our allegations are that had she been properly assessed when she presented at the hospital ... a substantial part of the damage, if not all of it, could have been prevented,” said the couple's attorney.

Lawyer Ray Wagner filed a claim with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court naming five doctors for negligence. "She was very lucky to have survived," Wagner said.

"No mom should ever have to watch their fiancée and their son walk out the door every night for over 200 days," says Wagner. "She's incredibly positive ... She has an outlook that this process has taken her arms and her legs, but it's not going to take her happiness."

The family is hoping that after the kidney transplant, Hubley will begin recovery and start rehabilitation.

Source: Fox News
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