NS mother with flesh-eating disease suing Halifax hospital, doctors

CTV Atlantic

Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:27PM ADT

Last Updated Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:56PM ADT

A woman who remains in hospital six months after giving birth to her son is suing the doctors and hospital that treated her.

Lindsey Hubley contracted a flesh-eating disease after giving birth on March 2 to her son Myles.

“To have him kind of ripped from her after a couple of days after he was born, it’s just been very difficult to process,” says Hubley’s fiancé, Michael Sampson.

Hubley was rushed to hospital with a severe case of necrotizing fasciitis. By the time she was admitted her organs had begun to fail.

Doctors took extreme measures by putting her in an induced coma and amputating both hands and parts of both her legs over the summer.

Seven months and more than 20 surgeries later, Hubley has left the hospital grounds for the first time.

“She’s much better than she’s been,” Sampson says. “She’s finally actually on a road to recovery where rehab is in the near future for the first time.”

Sampson and little Myles have been at her side each day, but it has been an incredibly difficult road.

“Having her watch the two of us leave and her sitting there for the rest of the night in the hospital is absolutely torturous to do,” Sampson says. “It’s taken our family from us. It’s taken any amount of normalcy for that boy for the foreseeable future, and perhaps forever. It’s taken her legs, her feet, and a lot more. It’s not going to take our happiness.”

The family is taking things one day at a time.

“Just kind of worry about today and don’t worry too much about the future because you’d get lost pretty quick,” says Sampson.

The future for Hubley is filled with unknowns. Rehabilitation will be a full-time job at first. Then there could be prosthetics, wheelchairs and adaptations at home.

“If it was just feet it would be one thing. If it was just arms it’d be another thing. But there’s about nine different things that we’re dealing with.”

Sampson and Hubley filed a medical malpractice suit against five physicians and the IWK on Wednesday. Lawyer Ray Wagner says they want to be sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.

“She’s going to need a lot of care. She’s going to work as hard as she can to become as independent as she can,” says Wagner.

The IWK did not comment on the matter.

For now, Sampson and Hubley are keeping their focus on their infant son.

“Her and I both said that very early on, it’s that even amidst all of this, our life is no longer our own. It’s his now,” Sampson says.

Sampson says they’ll continue to celebrate the small things, and count themselves lucky to have each other.

With files from CTV Atlantic’s Sarah Ritchie.

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