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Just become a mother: bacteria cost young women both arms and legs
A woman from Canada had to have both arms and legs amputated after being infected with "carnivorous bacteria". According to media reports, the pathogens had apparently penetrated the body through a small wound at the birth of their son. The sad fate could have been avoided: the doctors in the hospital had initially made a wrong diagnosis.
Sent home with the wrong diagnosis
On March 2nd, 33-year-old Lindsey H. from Halifax, Canada gave birth to a healthy son. But just a few days after the birth, the young mother lost both forearms and lower legs. According to media reports, the woman had apparently been infected with "carnivorous bacteria" at birth. This was initially not recognized by the doctors, Lindsey H. had been sent home because of a wrong diagnosis.
Severe pain caused by necrotizing fasciitis
Lindsey H. was discharged from the hospital two days after the birth of her child. But just a day later she went to the clinic again because of severe abdominal pain.
There the doctors diagnosed constipation in the young mother and sent her back home, reports the Canadian news channel "CTV News".
But the doctors apparently made a fatal mistake. Because a day later Lindsey H. had to go to the clinic again because of severe pain, her body had also changed in the meantime.
This time the doctors realized what caused the patient's complaints. As the Washington Post confesses, the doctors found that the 33-year-old suffered from necrotizing fasciitis.
Serious bacterial infection
According to the British National Heatlh Service (NHS), necrotizing fasciitis is a rare but serious bacterial infection that affects the tissue under the skin and the surrounding muscles and organs (fascia).
"It is sometimes referred to as a" carnivorous disease "even though the bacteria it causes do not" eat "meat - they release toxins that damage nearby tissues," the experts write.
"Necrotizing fasciitis can result from a relatively small injury, such as a small incision, but worsens very quickly and can be life-threatening if it is not recognized and treated early," the NHS continues.
Unfortunately, such infections occur again and again, as a case from Great Britain showed. Only a few months ago, a small child had been infected by a tiny laceration with "carnivorous bacteria".
Forearms and lower legs amputated
According to media reports, Lindsey H. had apparently gotten into the body at birth through a small wound in the vagina.
Drastic measures were required to fight the infection. The doctors had to amputate both the patient's forearms and lower legs and remove her uterus.
The woman spent the following seven months in the hospital without being able to look after the upbringing of her small child. Now she is in a wheelchair. A kidney transplant is still pending.
In the meantime, Lindsey H. has sued the clinic. "Our accusation is that a large part, if not all of the damage could have been averted," said her lawyer Ray Wagner, according to a report by the portal "metronews".
He has filed a claim against five doctors with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (the province whose capital is Halifax).
"She was very lucky to have survived," said Wagner. (ad)