A mother of two reportedly is suing an English hospital after doctors didn’t realise she was suffering from a life-threatening condition, resulting in multiple extremity amputations which she now is calling “a fight for life.”
Magdalena Malec, 31, had both of her legs amputated after contracting sepsis — “the body’s extreme response to an infection” — at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital in Luton, the South West News Service( SWNS) reported.
She also had her right arm and the thumbs on her left hand removed following the situation, which hospital officials reportedly have said could’ve been avoided.
Malec, according to the news service, was told she suffered a miscarriage just weeks after learning she was pregnant with her third infant in December 2014.
After being sent home from the emergency room with painkillers for her heavy bleed and stomach cramps, Malec reportedly returned to Luton and Dunstable afterward that month, where she discovered she had an ectopic pregnancy — in which a fertilized egg attaches itself to a cavity outside the uterus — and underwent emergency surgery.
Malec, according to reports, also had to have a kidney transplant.
During recovery, Malec developed ischemia of her extremities — a lack of blood render to certain parts of the body, according to SWNS. Her limbs reportedly then developed gangrene and her body tissue died, which Malec said passed after hospital personnel didn’t acknowledge the warning signal of her sepsis.
Six months later, she had surgery to remove her limbs and returned to the hospital three times a week for dialysis.
“Nothing will restore what I had. I will never paint my nails again, I will never make a ponytail for my daughter, ” Malec told The Telegraph. “I do not trust doctors and I am very skeptical about all medical appointments and diagnoses.”
Malec, mom to a nine and seven-year-old, said she now has to relearn how to live her life.
“I am learning how to live with ache. Running out and coping with the route people look at me can be hard, and so is self-acceptance, ” Malec said.
The mother’s lawyer, David Thomas, said: “The catastrophic chain of events which led to Malec’s near demise and horrendous injuries were completely avoidable if the hospital trust had followed its own sepsis protocol.”
“There were a number of missed opportunities or’ red flags’ which were not acted upon until it was too late, ” Thomas said. “If diagnosed early enough, sepsis is easily treated with antibiotics but despite recent awareness campaigns, missteps such as this are still happening. It’s tragic.’’
The National Health Service( NHS) reportedly has apologized for missing the warning signs, and acknowledged that Malec’s amputations could’ve been avoided.
“There were missed opportunities to recognize the progressive clinical deterioration of Malec and act accordingly, including the timely administered by antibiotics, ” the hospital said, according to SWNS. “We convey our sincere apologies to Malec and we recognize the care provided fell below the standards we strive for.”
Malec since has received in the meantime an “interim payment” — it’s unclear from whom — ahead of her lawsuit.
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