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Woman Losses Legs, Arms To Wrong Diagnosis



A mother of two, Magdalena Malec, 31, lost almost all of her limbs after a hospital failed to identify that she was suffering from sepsis.

Naija News understands that she would have had to have both of her legs, her right arm and the fingers of her left hand amputated after contracting the disease in hospital.

She was also diagnosed of ectopic pregnancy and needed a kidney transplant to save her life.

Bosses at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital have now apologised for the medical blunder, which they accept could have been completely avoided.

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.

“I do not trust doctors and I am very skeptical about all medical appointments and diagnoses.”

Magdalena, discovered she was pregnant again, after 2 children in December 2014. She was however devastated to be told just weeks later that she had suffered a miscarriage.

Magdalena continued suffering from heavy bleeding and stomach cramps, but was sent home from A&E with painkillers and anti-sickness tablets, which proved abortive until she was finally told she’d suffered an ectopic pregnancy.

This occurs when a fertilized egg implants itself outside of the womb and requires urgent surgery to remove the affected Fallopian tube and unviable foetus.

“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,” she said.

“That hospital hurt me badly and I probably will never trust any hospital again.”

While recuperating, Magdalena developed extensive limb ischaemia, which became gangrenous and caused her body tissue to die.

She 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, 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.

“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.”

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