A heavily pregnant nurse who was sent home with painkillers after going to hospital in agony lost her baby days later.
Lekha James, 34, said she knew she had a urinary tract infection, but instead of being given antibiotics she was prescribed cocodamol for the pain.
Three days later she was rushed back to St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester with septicaemia and clinicians could not find a heartbeat for her baby, which was later stillborn after labour was induced.
The hospital has admitted negligence in failing to diagnose and treat the infection that led to the death of Ms James’ baby son Aidan in March last year, and an investigation revealed a “staff attitude problem” and inadequate clinical assessment.
Ms James said she knew something was wrong when she went to hospital with pain in her stomach, abdomen and hips.
“I thought that I had a urinary tract infection but no one was listening to me,” she told the Daily Mail. “I did not want to leave the hospital but I felt I was not being given a choice.
“When I returned to the hospital a second time, I was seriously ill and I now know that I almost died because the infection had become so severe. We then discovered that our baby’s heart had stopped beating as a consequence of the infection.”
Ms James, who is a cardiac nurse at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, said she would never ignore something a patient tells her and hopes others will be prevented from going through what she experienced.
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