Viral: New Mom Has All 4 Limbs Amputated Days After Giving Birth. Now She’s Suing Hospital

October 20, 2017
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…this new mother suffered greatly…

Viral: New Mom Has All 4 Limbs Amputated Days After Giving Birth. Now She’s Suing Hospital

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, isn’t it?

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 day later that would involve much loss 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 was issued on Oct. 11 detailed Hubley’s decision to file a lawsuit against IWK Health Centre and the physicians. According to it, Attorney Raymond Wagner spoke on behalf 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 hoped 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.

Patton Oswalt was using comedy to open up about the one single moment that had changed his life forever.

NEWS: Patton Oswalt: ‘The Worst Day of My Life Was When I Had to Tell My Daughter’ About Her Mother’s Death

In his new Netflix special, Patton Oswalt: Annihilation, the actor and comedian goes into detail about the aftermath of the sudden death of his dearest wife Michelle McNamara, and how he informed their daughter, Alice, and how he continues to fight on through grief.

“Just over a year, I became a widower and I have, I’m moving along as best I can,” shared Oswalt, 48. “I can get up and I can do my job and I can be a dad but the wound is there. It is healing. It’s not shut yet …”

“Also, there’s no sense to it,” he later added. “My wife was a true crime writer and researcher and the phrase she hated the most was, ‘Everything happens for a reason.’ She would say, ‘No it f—— doesn’t. It’s chaos. It’s all random, it’s horrifying and if you want to try and reduce the horror and reduce the chaos, be kind that’s all you can do.’ ”
McNamara, a crime writer, passed away suddenly in her sleep in April 2016 at age 46.

“We learned today the combination of drugs in Michelle’s system, along with a condition we were unaware of, proved lethal,” Oswalt wrote in a statement to the Associated Press in February.
Though losing his spouse was beyond painful, Oswalt said the aftermath was more difficult.

“The second worst day of my life was the day that my wife passed away, that was the second worst day of my life,” he said. “The worst day of my life was the day after when I had to tell our daughter. My wife passed away while she was at school. In between screaming and vomiting and freaking out, I talked to the school and told them what happened and what to do and the principle talked to me and she was amazing and said, ‘She can’t come home from school and then you tell her and then she has to go to bed. You can’t send her off into sleep and that trauma just hit her. Tomorrow is Friday. Keep her out of school, have a fun daddy/daughter morning and then at noon tell her and be there with her while she works through it.’ ”

Adding, “It’s going to be horrible but just be there.’ She added, ‘Tell her in the sunshine.’ That’s how she put it. We did it — in the morning we went and had fun and I sat down with my daughter. I looked at my daughter and destroyed her world. I had to look at this little girl that was everything to me and took everything from her. That’s going to be longer for me to recover from than my wife passing away.”

With support from family and friends, Oswalt and Alice continued to work through the pain, taking it day by day.

“We got through the summer which was its own nightmare. And then first day of first grade which I had to do alone. Normally my wife would go online and fill out the forms and I somehow did it and I’m walking her up to first grade. As I’m walking her up to first grade, I can’t believe there’s lunch in her lunch box, she has her backpack. I got her new clothes like, ‘Okay, maybe I can do this.’ ”

“But it also hit me as I’m walking her up, I had not visited my wife’s grave since the funeral. I couldn’t. I just couldn’t bear to go there. I was like, you know what, I’m going to go visit Michelle’s grave and I’m going to sit and talk with her and I’m going to say, ‘This world need not concern you anymore. I’ve got it. You go do what you have to do. You’re not gone because I see so much of you in Alice and I want to keep that healthy and happy and growing. That’s my job now.’ ”

On the one-year anniversary of her death, Oswalt honored his late wife with a lengthy Facebook post — expressing a combination of grief, gratitude and perseverance.

“It’s awful, but it’s not fatal,” wrote Oswalt, who was now raising daughter Alice as a single father. “That’s the dispatch I’m sending back from exactly one year into this shadow-slog.”

He went on to say that he took off his wedding ring and placed it in a box of keepsakes. “I couldn’t bear removing it since April 21st, 2016,” he wrote. “But now it felt obscene. That anonymous poem about the man mourning his dead lover for a year and a day, for craving a kiss from her ‘clay cold lips.’ I was inviting more darkness. Removing the ring was removing the last symbol of denial of who I was now, and what my life is, and what my responsibilities are. But it’s not fatal.”

Now, Oswalt is getting ready to walk down the aisle with his fiancée, Meredith Salenger.

The couple went public with their budding romance in June at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie Baby Driver.

A source close to the couple previously told PEOPLE, “it’s new and they’re very happy.”

“They met through mutual friend Martha Plimpton,” the insider mentioned. “They started chatting as friends and it blossomed from there.”

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