Lindsey Hubley, Canadian mother alleges that giving birth to her newborn led to the amputation of four of her limbs. And it’s her horrifying allegations about her childbirth that really highlight the importance of proper hospital care.
Hubley of Halifax, Nova Scotia, contracted a flesh-eating virus four days after giving birth to her son, Myles, in March, according to CTV News, . As a result, she lost four limbs, received a total hysterectomy, and has had to stay in the hospital for the first seven months of her newborn’s life. Now, Hubley and her fiancé, Mike Sampson, have sued the IWK Health Centre, where she gave birth, as well as several area doctors, for allegedly failing to give her proper medical care, CTV News reported. (Romper reached out to IWK Health Centre, but did not hear back immediately.)
The ordeal is taking a toll on the family. Sampson, father to Myles, reportedly had to quit his job in order to care for his family, according to CTV News. He told the station,
Myles and I make our way into the hospital pretty much every day to see mama. Our lives have been turned upside down.
Sampson added, according to CTV News,
No mom should ever have to watch their fiancee [sic] and their son walk out the door every night for over 200 days.
Hubley was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease caused by bacteria that enters the body through a break in the skin, according to KTLA. Just days after welcoming Myles into the world, Hubley went to the hospital after feeling a “sharp, distinct, abdominal pain,” which she claims doctors blamed on constipation.
The next day, Hubley said she was rushed to hospital and into surgery; she was suffering from secondary septic shock and multi-system organ failure, KTLA reported. Below both of her elbows and knees were removed.
The malpractice lawsuit claims that alleged doctor and hospital negligence led to Hubley’s severe health problems, according to CTV News. Her attorney Ray Wagner told the station that Hubley suffered a vaginal tear during delivery, and that part of her placenta was not removed at birth — both of which could have contributed to her contracting necrotizing fasciitis. Wagner said his client was “very lucky to have survived,” adding,
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.