A new Canadian mother was diagnosed with a flesh-eating disease that has left her a quadruple amputee just four days after giving birth, and she says local doctors and the hospital where she delivered her son is to blame.
Lindsey Hubley filed a statement of claim against IWK Health Center and several Halifax-area doctors this week for alleged wrongdoings amid her birth and postoperative care, CTV News reported.
Hubley welcomed her son, Myles, in March but almost immediately returned to the hospital after suffering a series of complications at home. When she arrived the next day complaining of abdominal pain, she was diagnosed with constipation and sent home without an examination, according to her lawyer Ray Wagner.
The following day, the 33-year-old mother was rushed to the hospital with discoloration on her body and more pain. She was eventually diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis.
“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,” he told the news station.
He alleged Hubley suffered from a tear on her vagina that required sutures and that her placenta was not removed after she gave birth.
She’s since had to undergo a series of surgeries, including amputations below both her elbows and both her knees as well as a total hysterectomy. She’s spent the first months of her son’s life receiving treatment and remains hospitalized.
Her fiancé, Mike Sampson had to quit his job to care for their newborn. The family has started a GoFundMe page to help with medical bills.
“Myles and I make our way to the hospital pretty much every day to see mama,” he told CTV News. “Our lives have been turned upside down.”