"Ruptured uterus"

About: Leighton Hospital

I recently attended hospital after having contractions at 32 weeks pregnant. I was in a lot of pain an had a water infection. The maternity ward sent me home when I was in agony along my back an my stomach saying I had constipation. The staff on the ward found it amusing I couldn't go to the toilet an were laughing about it. I was rolling around the floor in agony so went back in. At this point I lost the ability to empty my bladder. Told the midwifes I was dying an pain wasn't just contractions. Eventually they sent me for c section as blood was in my catheter an baby very distressed. Turned out I had a ruptured uterus an they had missed all the symptoms. Lost 3 an half pints of blood an nearly died. The first thing they said to my partner after the surgery was 'that woman in there is not to hav any more children'. After care was also not up to standard. Forgetting to give me anti biotics an failing to see me for 40 hours about expressing milk for my premature baby. Disgusting an left emotionally an physically scarred for life.

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Response from Leighton Hospital

Thank you for taking the time to write about your care. I am very concerned to see your comments and hear that you are unhappy with the care you received. All midwives are aware of the signs and symptoms of labour and constipation and know that each are painful and I am sorry you that you felt they were not listening to you regarding your pain. I am happy to investigate this further and meet with you or send you a written response of my findings which would be in addition to the appointment with your consultant. If you would like me to review your concerns then please contact the customer care team on 01270 612378. Karen Sherratt, Deputy Head of Midwifery.

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