Canadian birth horror story
In a particularly gruesome story coming out of Canada, a woman from Halifax is suing a hospital, and five doctors in particular, after she lost all her limbs while in the process of giving birth to her child.
As bizarre as it is gruesome, the normally joyous occasion of a child’s birth was marred by the discovery of a flesh-eating bacteria, all due to what is being alleged to be an act that may be considered medical negligence.
The woman, Lindsey Hubley, contracted a flesh-eating bacteria within days of giving birth to her child, and the result has left her a quadriplegic amputee. She also had a hysterectomy.
The cause of the bacteria, Hubley alleges, was a piece of placenta that was not removed during the birth of her child. Not only is the hospital potentially culpable on this issue, but other mistakes were also made in the following days. All of which meant, after the bacteria was discovered, that it was too late to save her limbs.
The discovery was delayed, however, because Hubley was misdiagnosed when she first brought attention to early symptoms. Doctors told her she had constipation and sent her home.
Her lawyer, Ray Wagner, alleges that the situation was preventable at least in part and perhaps in entirety if the doctors had been more thorough in their work. “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,” Wagner told CBCNews.
Hubley is the latest case of medical negligence in Canada, but her story is by far not the only one. In fact, Canada has a large number of medical negligence lawyers, just as America does, and for the same reason. Many cases present themselves regularly across the border.
While Hubley’s story is sad, it still has a relatively happy ending. Though Hubley spent the first seven months of her child’s life in a hospital, her health has been improving. Her husband says she is positive and in good spirits.
“She’s incredibly positive,” he said. “She has an outlook that this process has taken her arms and her legs, but it’s not going to take her happiness.”
Hubley’s trials are not over yet. She still requires a kidney transplant, and she will also require rehab. Her fiance, meanwhile, has been unable to work since their child was born. Nonetheless, the new family remains hopeful about the future.
Hubley, according to Wager, is “lucky to be alive,” and she seems to have found happiness in recognizing that fact for herself.
Hubley’s case is not unique, and if you or someone you know is being mistreated by doctors or a hospital be sure to speak up early and to speak up loudly.