A MUM is suing hospital bosses after she lost almost all of her limbs because doctors failed to spot she was suffering from sepsis.
Magdalena Malec, 31, had both of her legs, her right arm and the fingers of her left hand amputated after getting the killer disease in hospital.
She also needed a kidney transplant to save her life after being admitted with an ectopic pregnancy
She also needed a kidney transplant to save her life after being admitted with an ectopic pregnancy.
Magdalena said: “Now my life is not a life, it is vegetation – a fight for life.
“I was waiting for six months for the amputation of my limbs, with stinking and decaying legs and arms.
“Nothing will restore what I had. I will never paint my nails again, I will never make a ponytail for my daughter.
Magdalena said: ‘Now my life is not a life, it is vegetation – a fight for life’
Magdalena Malec, 31, had both of her legs, her right arm and the fingers of her left hand amputated after getting the killer disease in hospital
Mum-of-two Magdalena has two children Paulina, nine, and Severin, seven, discovered she was pregnant with her third child in December 2014, but she suffered a miscarriage weeks later
“I do not trust doctors and I am very sceptical about all medical appointments and diagnoses.”
Bosses at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital have apologised for the medical error, which they say could have been avoided.
Mum-of-two Magdalena has two children Paulina, nine, and Severin, seven, discovered she was pregnant with her third child in December 2014, but she suffered a miscarriage weeks later.
Following the miscarriage she continued suffer with heavy bleeding and stomach cramps, but was sent home from A&E with painkillers and anti-sickness tablets.
Magdalena went back to the hospital on Christmas Day and was told she’d suffered an ectopic pregnancy.
Magdalena went back to the hospital on Christmas Day and was told she’d suffered an ectopic pregnancy
An ectopic pregnancy happens when a fertilised egg attaches itself to a cavity outside of the uterus (womb).
Most of the time this is on the fallopian tubes, but this can also happen on the ovaries, the cervix (neck to the womb) or another organ inside the pelvis.
Magdalena said: “I had been in and out of hospital since 22 December 2014 and by the time I was admitted on 25th December for surgery my pain was unbearable.
“That hospital hurt me badly and I probably will never trust any hospital again.”
While the mum-of-two was in recovery she developed a condition which caused extensive damage to her limbs which became gangrenous and caused her body tissue to die.
She later discovered it was caused by a loss of blood supply due to medical staff not recognising the classical warning signs for sepsis and failing to follow their own sepsis protocol.
Her relationship with Robert also broke down due to the pressures of her disabilities
Magdalena had to wait six months for surgery to amputate her limbs, and had to return to hospital three times a week for dialysis, with each session lasting up to four hours.
During this time, her relationship with Robert also broke down due to the pressures of her disabilities.
Magdalena, from Luton, said: “Nothing will restore what I had.
“I have been left on my own, starting with re-learning how to walk, comb my hair, eat, and brush my teeth.
“From the very beginning everything was a big challenge for me. I would wake up and not know what I should do with myself.
“The only thing I dream about is decent living conditions with my disability and prostheses which will allow me to live as normally as possible.
“My life is continual hospital appointments and each hospital appointment brings sad memories.
The NHS has apologised for missing all of the classic signs of sepsis that Magdalena was experiencing, and accepts the outcome could have been avoided
“I am susceptible to infections because my immune system is weakened by the medicines I take to support my kidneys.
“I am learning how to live with pain. Going out and coping with the way people look at me is very difficult, and so is self-acceptance.
The NHS has apologised for missing all of the classic signs of sepsis that Magdalena was experiencing, and accepts the outcome could have been avoided.
Sepsis is the primary causes of death from infection around the world – and claims around 40,000 lives in the UK each year
Sepsis is the primary causes of death from infection around the world – and claims around 40,000 lives in the UK each year.
A serious incident investigation report by the hospital said: “Prior to the anaesthetic she was noted to have a raised temperature.
“But due to the urgency of the clinical procedure she was considered clinically stable to undergo anaesthesia.”
Magdalena has already received an interim payment to help her out but she is expected to receive a further payout in due course.
Her lawyer David Thomas, Clinical Negligence Partner at Simpson Millar solicitors, said: “The catastrophic chain of events which led to Magdalena’s near death 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.
“If diagnosed early enough, sepsis is easily treated with anti-biotics but despite recent awareness campaigns, mistakes such as this are still happening. It’s tragic.”
A spokesman for Luton & Dunstable University Hospital added: “There were missed opportunities to recognise the progressive clinical deterioration of Mrs Malec and act accordingly, including the timely administration of antibiotics.
“We convey our sincere apologies to Mrs Malec and we recognise the care provided fell below the standards we strive for.
“We undertook an investigation to examine what improvements could be put in place, learning’s were shared in order to prevent similar cases.”
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