For a new mom, what are supposed to be the happiest days of her life can quickly turn into a painful and heartbreaking ordeal, when childbirth doesn’t go according to plan.
However, it’s difficult for one Canadian mother to understand what could have quickly gone so terribly wrong when she gave birth in March that she would find herself back in the hospital a few days later, fighting for her life…
Baby On Board
Lindsey Hubley and her fiancé Mike Sampson of Canada were ecstatic when they learned in June 2016 that they’d be welcoming their first child. The new mom-to-be had a healthy pregnancy and doctors planned for a pretty ordinary birth. By the time the next winter rolled around, Lindsey and Mike were well-read on their baby books and were ready for their new addition to arrive.
When Lindsey went into labor, doctors didn’t expect any complications and she gave birth to a healthy baby boy on March 2, 2017. The couple was over-the-moon happy with their new baby and decided to name him Myles. Both Lindsey and the newborn were feeling good after leaving the hospital, but that would quickly change…
Only that night, after the new mom headed home, she began to feel far worse. The next morning she returned to IWK Health Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia and insisted on something being very wrong. This time, doctors agreed with her.
A couple of days after Myles was born, the new mom became plagued by “sharp, distinct, abdominal pain.” She had heard post-pregnancy wouldn’t be comfortable but knew something must be very wrong. The worried new mom and her partner, Mike, knew it was better to be safe than sorry and went back to the hospital.
Without any examination, doctors quickly brushed off Lindsey’s complaint. They blamed her severe stomach pain on normal constipation, a symptom many women experience after giving birth. Lindsey was simply told to go home, rest, and wait to feel better…
Brink Of Death
During her second emergency room visit in less than 24 hours, her concerns were treated more seriously. Lindsey was suffering from secondary septic shock and multi-system organ failure. She was not only in terrible pain but on the brink of sudden death, during what was supposed to be the happiest time of her life…
“My legs and forearms were turning a bluish, grayish color, and I was terrified,” she said. “Doctors determined in the weeks that followed that there was no chance I’d regain use of my hands or feet.” However, she was never prepared for what she would hear next.
“An infection had caused blood clots to clog the veins carrying blood to my extremities, and my limbs were dying,” she added. Lindsey had contracted a rare but fatal disease that is often found in hospitals.
She had contracted a rare but fatal disease that is often contracted in hospitals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, necrotizing fasciitis causes about 700-1,100 deaths in the United States each year.
Rare & Deadly
However, necrotizing fasciitis is not all that common and although this highly aggressive bacterial skin infection is devastating and fatal, doctors rarely see two cases of it in their entire lifetime. The assortment of bacteria types can turn into this infection. and kill all of the body’s soft tissue after entering through a cut, scratch, open skin injury or damage and perforation to an organ…
Lindsey and Mike believe she developed the infection because doctors left part of her placenta in her body following the birth. The new mom also says delivery doctors also failed to properly repair a vaginal tear. However, that wasn’t the debilitating and near-deadly infection that was the worst part of her traumatic story.
Won’t Back Down
“She also has suffered from kidney failure, so she will need a transplant,” Lindsey Hubley’s attorney told PEOPLE. “And she’s had a hysterectomy.” Hospital officials have yet to respond to any requests for comments on. However, the new mom is prepared to put up a fight and refuses to back down after the unthinkable turn of events…
The next day, Hubley was rushed to the hospital and into emergency surgery. By the time doctors realized what was happening to her, Lindsey had to undergo a series of emergency surgeries in order to save the 33-year-old’s life.
This included full 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. Now Lindsey is a new mother and quadruple amputee. She will never be able to walk on her own or hold her son, Myles, in her arms…
Lindsey has spent over 200 days in the hospital since giving birth to Myles, and is now recovering from an operation on one of her amputation wounds. She is still on a waiting list for a kidney transplant and has decided to sue the hospital for the loss of all her limbs. Lindsey believes this all could have been prevented. As for her long road to recovery ahead, Lindsey said, “I’m told amputees need to be extra strong to get around using prosthetics. When I get there, I think I’ll be the strongest I’ve ever been.”
“She may have still had some issues, but they wouldn’t be anywhere as close to where they are now,” Wagner added, “Lindsey’s family is looking to find out what exactly caused the infection and is seeking money to cover the cost of Hubley’s prosthetics…”
“Having her watch the two of us leave and her sitting there for the rest of the night by herself in the hospital is absolutely tortuous,” her fiance, Mike told CTV. “If it was just feet, it would be one thing. If it was just arms, it would be another thing. But there’s about nine different things we’re dealing with.”
Hard To Accept
“It’s been very hard to accept that this is who I am now,” Hubley, 33, told Cosmopolitan. “Of course, there are days when I’m down, wondering how this happened to me, and whether it’s all a dream.” Now, as Hubley prepares to enter a rehabilitation center, where she will learn to walk and cope with the loss of her limbs, she said she is determined to look on the bright side. In rehab, she will learn to change her son’s diapers, feed the now 7-month-old boy and learn how to walk…
“Specifically, down the aisle so Mike and I can finally get married, although we’ve yet to set a date,” she said. “What we’ve been through has made our relationship so much stronger. He’s been my rock, and I’ve been his.” No mom should ever have to watch their fiance and their son walk out the door every night for over 200 days,” added Mike Sampson, 34, referring to Hubley’s long hospital stay. Our lives have been turned upside down. IWK has not responded.
A GoFundMe page created for Lindsey by her sister-in-law to pay for her medical bills has raised more than $95,000 of its $60,000 goal. She is now disease-free and awaiting a kidney transplant. The hospital hasn’t commented on the allegations. Please click here if you want to donate and help the family. In deciding to make her claim public, Lindsey Hubley stated: “If my story can help prevent even one person from going through what I have, and improve gaps in health care, then publicly discussing what happened to me will be worth it.”