The lives of Lindsey Hubley and her fiancé Mike Sampson changed drastically after the birth of their son. Surely, a baby’s entrance into the world is life-changing for all parents, right?
On March 2, Hubley gained the life-altering experience of getting to meet baby Myles for the first time. Unfortunately, she also had another life-changing experience days later that would involve much loss rather than gain.
On March 4, IWK Health Centre discharged the new mom and baby. The bliss of taking a newborn baby home didn’t last long.
Sharp abdominal pain struck Hubley. It became severe enough that Emergency Health Services was called the morning after she was discharged.
Hubley, Sampson, and Myles arrived back at the hospital around 9:00 a.m. No examination to determine the source of the abdominal pain was performed on Hubley.
Doctors told her she had constipation. The family left the hospital and went home with treatment for Hubley’s supposed constipation.
She wouldn’t be at home for long. She ended up at Queen Elizabeth II Emergency with a much graver diagnosis.
A necrotizing soft tissue infection or “flesh-eating bacteria” was the diagnosis. It only grew worse when it was determined that Hubley was in secondary septic shock and required emergency surgery followed by an induced coma.
Days after giving birth, this new mother suffered greatly. One of the most severe outcomes of the infection was the need to amputate all four of her limbs.
A press release issued on Oct. 11 detailed Hubley’s decision to file a lawsuit against IWK Health Centre and the physicians. According to the release, Attorney Raymond Wagner spoke of Hubley by saying, “She is truly a survivor, and remarkably has maintained a positive and determined attitude along her long road to recovery, all while juggling the struggles, and joys, of a newborn.”
In the release, Hubley said she hopes that making her story public might “help prevent even one person from going through what I have” and “improve gaps in health care.” No new mother should have to handle addition new stresses beyond adjusting to her new baby, especially not adjusting to becoming a quadruple amputee.