Jump to content
Heather Mills - Amputee Forum
Afet

Woman Becomes Quadruple Amputee After Giving Birth

Recommended Posts

Oh my, how awful... Bad enough to wake up with all limbs missing (when you're not expecting it!) and then to be kept in the dark about all the details and to be treated like that?! This one got my blood boiling. Bless her heart, I hope that one day she can feel some peace about the whole situation.

Blessings,

Cheri

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That seems a very strange situation. Unless I missed it, it doesn't say how long after giving birth the amputation took place. Somebody definitely needs to give the poor woman some answers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

:unsure:

Hi Afet.

That was very sad Why they cant tell her? (I dont know.)I know when I got MRSA in hospital I thought that was bad enough and I went from BK to AKA But to wake up like this young lady it must be awful.I only hope that she get's to know the truth.

Pat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for posting this, Afet.

I read it yesterday...you can't do anything but feel for her can you? The poor woman!

Lizzie :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ORMC said Mejia is requesting information on if there were other patients or someone on her floor with the streptococcus. They said, if they release that to her, that would be a violation of other patients' rights.

Sounds like thy're using this interpretation of the law to obscure the facts. They could easily answer the qestion without naming any patient. More likely a memebr of staff tested positive and admitting that none of the patients had the infection would then leave the hospital open to a massive compo claim. :unsure:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What I don't understand is how they could amputate, or perform any kind of radical procedure like that, without someone signing a consent slip. Is it OK under Florida law to do this without consent from either the patient or spouse?

I hope she gets her answers soon.

-m-

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
What I don't understand is how they could amputate, or perform any kind of radical procedure like that, without someone signing a consent slip.  Is it OK under Florida law to do this without consent from either the patient or spouse?

That's what I was wondering too.

I just can't believe that something like this can occur in Florida in 2006. I'd half expect it in a third world country, but America???! No way. :unsure:

I think Muz is right about it possibly being the fault of the hospital. How else can they have done this, without even telling her partner, who I'm sure would be waiting anxiously for any news?

I hope this poor lady DOES sue them, gets her answers, and a massive amount of compensation. It will NEVER bring back what she's lost, but at least she can then go on to get the best of what's available, as well as providing for her family for the rest of her life, without having worry about going out to work.

This has kind of hit a nerve with me. The doctors almost amputated my legs whilst I was unconscious, as they didn't know if my gangrenous legs were the cause of the sepsis in my system. Luckily for me, however, they discovered that they weren't, so decided to leave them alone at that point. They, obviously, dealt with them later on though, when I was fully conscious.

I know that I would have simply gone crazy if I awoke to find that I had no lower legs. Let alone no arms either! AND not a hint of an explanation why too.

At least I can understand what happened to me and why. This poor lady has not even been given that right.

:blink: :( :huh:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Afet--

I feel like I can relate a little to this woman situation. I lost conscious in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. They told my husband that at first, I had streptococcus, a flesh eating bacteria, but no further explanation was given to us. My legs and fingers turned gangrene. Ray had to sign giving them consent to treat me in hope of saving my life. Even with little information that we received from the hospital, we didn't have a clear picture on what was going on with me. After my 3rd surgery is when Ray & I decided to contact an attorney. My attorney sent my medical records to several micro-bacteria specialist. After they review my records, Ray & I was told that it was TSS that almost took my life and took my limbs and fingers.

I, truly hope and pray that woman and her husband take their case to court! Those people (hospital & staff) need to held responsible for what happen to her. My prayers are with her and her family.

Patti

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi, everyone

I live in the Orlando area, so have seen quite a bit about this on the News. From what I have heard, her husband gave consent to amputate all her limbs. He said the only chances given were amputate or she dies. Her symptoms started a day after she delivered her baby....a rash on her stomach and terrible pain. Nurses told her her the rash was probably an allergic reaction to the sheets, and stomach pain is "normal" after giving birth! A few days later she was moved to intensive care where I guess they did further testing to determine that she had flesh eating bacteria. She was transferred to another hospital and 12 days after giving birth had surgery to remove all her limbs.

It's an awful story. Seeing her on the news with her family....just basically sitting there in a wheelchair while her husband holds the baby and plays with her older son, just breaks my heart. She said she has artificial legs, but can only wear them for about 30 minutes because of pain. It looks like her residual limbs are quite short and scarred....plus the fact that it has only been 8 months since this all happened....so maybe things will improve with time. She does have one arm with an elbow, so maybe that can be fitted, too? The whole situation is just so sad!!!! I know a patient at prosthetist's office who lost both legs BK and both hands/wrists to something similar. Maybe at some point he can go to see her and give her some hope....this guy is amazingly active and self-sufficient.

In the meantime, the hospital is getting lots of bad publicity, which they fully deserve. :unsure:

Karen

AKA

Orlando, Florida

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Afet--

I'm with you, I pray that she is successful. Sher & her family are in my prayers. I pray they find the answers that they are looking for, peace & strenghth to deal with this whole situation!

Patti

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How terribly sad, :( my heart goes out to her and her family. It's unbelievable such an unfortunate thing could ever happen to anyone. However, at least be honest with the woman, I would think she at least deserves that much decency!! :unsure:

Sheila lbk

Maine USA

Keep Smiling :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×