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Old 01-31-2007, 06:38 PM
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Woman Becomes Quadruple Amputee After Giving Birth

Woman Becomes Quadruple Amputee After Giving Birth
* ( Can you say LAWSUIT ?? ) *

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Sanford mother says she will never be able to hold her newborn because an Orlando hospital performed a life-altering surgery and, she claims, the hospital refuses to explain why they left her as a multiple amputee.

The woman filed a complaint against Orlando Regional Healthcare Systems, she said, because they won't tell her exactly what happened. The hospital maintains the woman wants to know information that would violate other patients' rights.

Claudia Mejia gave birth eight and a half months ago at Orlando Regional South Seminole. She was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando where her arms and legs were amputated. She was told she had streptococcus, a flesh eating bacteria, and toxic shock syndrome, but no further explanation was given.

The hospital, in a letter, wrote that if she wanted to find out exactly what happened, she would have to sue them.

"I want to know what happened. I went to deliver my baby and I came out like this," Mejia said.

Mejia said after she gave birth to Mathew last spring, she was kept in the hospital with complications. Twelve days after giving birth at Orlando Regional South Seminole hospital, she was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center where she became a quadruple amputee. Now she can not care for or hold her baby.

"Yeah, I want to pick him up. He wants me to pick him up. I can't. I want to, but I can't," she said. "Woke up from surgery and I had no arms and no legs. No one told me anything. My arms and legs were just gone."

Her 7-year-old son, Jorge, asks his mother over and over what happened to her. Neither she nor her husband has the answer.

"I love her, so I'll always stick with her and take it a day at a time myself," said her husband, Tim Edwards.

The couple wants to know how she caught streptococcus, during labor or after. She doesn't know. She knows she didn't leave the hospital the same.

"And why, I want to know why this happened," she said.

Her attorney, Judy Hyman wrote ORHS a letter saying, according to the Florida statute, "The Patients Right To Know About Adverse Medical Incidents Act," the hospital must give her the records.

"When the statute is named 'Patients Right To Know,' I don't know how it could be clearer," Hyman said.

The hospital's lawyers wrote back, "Ms. Mejia's request may require legal resolution." In other words, according to their interpretation of the law, Mejia has to sue them to get information about herself.

That's the sticking point, the interpretation of the Patients Right To Know act, a constitutional amendment Florida voters passed a little more than a year ago.

Mejia's other attorney, E. Clay Parker, said the hospital is not following the law

"We were forced to file this and ask a judge to interpret the constitutional amendment and do right," Parker said.

Mejia hopes the right thing is done. She said not knowing exactly why it happened is unbearable. She only hopes she'll be able to soon answer her little boy's question, 'What happened?'

"He told me everyday, 'What happened,' and I don't have any answers for that," she said.

ORMC said Mejia is requesting information on if there were other patients or someone on her floor with the streptococcus. They said, if they release that to her, that would be a violation of other patients' rights.
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Now this is fucked up. I cant believe the damn hospital will not give this lady her own records explaining what the hell happened to her. By the time she does get to see them I am sure the hospital will fix them to make it look like nothing was their problem. Sounds to me like a cover up in the making. This lady is probably going to end up getting a lot of money!!!
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Re: Woman Becomes Quadruple Amputee After Giving Birth

hope she got a settlement
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Re: Woman Becomes Quadruple Amputee After Giving Birth

update from a year later after this happened
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SANFORD, Fla. --
It should have been the happiest time of her life. Instead, it was worse than any nightmare she could ever imagine.

A local woman went to the hospital to have a baby, and while she was there, she contracted a flesh-eating bacteria, WESH 2 News reported.

Doctors had to amputate both her arms and both her legs to save her. That was one year ago, and she's still searching for answers.

Claudia Mejia knows her life will never be the same. Twelve days after giving birth to her son Matthew, doctors gave her a choice no one would ever want to make.

"If I want to live, they want to cut off my arms and legs. If I don't, I'll keep my arms and legs but I'll die. Is this a dream?" Mejia said.

One year later, and she still doesn't know how she contracted Strep A and doesn't know why.

"Every day I ask myself what happened. What they don't want to tell me. I just want some information," she said.

South Seminole Hospital said it can't answer her without violating other patients' privacy rights. Her husband has a different concern -- their son.

"When Matthew gets older, we don't want the blame thing going on. We don't want him to think it's his fault she's like this," said her husband Tim Edwards.

Mejia said she dreams of walks on the beach. She wears her wedding ring on a chain around her neck. She's grateful for what she has but admits it can be a struggle.

"Take one day at a time because it's hard to see yourself. One day you're fine, the next day you're not," she said.

"She's a great strong woman. I don't know if I'd have been able to do it," Edwards said.

It's the simplest things from Matthew that bring her joy.

"The way that he points to something. Instead of pointing with his finger, he points like this. Like me," Mejia said.

He doesn't know it now, but his mom is doing the unthinkable -- turning devastation into strength and inspiration.

"I think God does stuff we don't understand. There's a purpose for everything, so I just wait," Mejia said.

Claudia and her husband have filed a lawsuit, not for money, but for information, to try to find out where the bacteria came from. They may get their answer in a hearing in two weeks.

A trust fund has been set up for Matthew. If you'd like to donate, go to any Wachovia Bank and ask to donate to the Claudia Mejia, Tim and Matthew Edwards fund. Its number is: 1010136105318
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Re: Woman Becomes Quadruple Amputee After Giving Birth

trust me, the hospital is waiting for the statute of limitations to run out. that's what they did with my dad's hospital records. when we finally got them we had proof that his doctors fucked up badly, but it was too late to do anything about it.
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Re: Woman Becomes Quadruple Amputee After Giving Birth

That's completely outrageous. The hospital knows they are at fault. I can't even begin the imagine the callousness required to do this to someone, and what it would be like to wake up after giving birth limbless with the hospital refusing to explain.
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Re: Woman Becomes Quadruple Amputee After Giving Birth

Now THAT'S fucked up, lol. Now you know why I don't go to the doctor's/hospital ever.
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Re: Woman Becomes Quadruple Amputee After Giving Birth

Totally, lol.
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Re: Woman Becomes Quadruple Amputee After Giving Birth

^^ you notice the date?
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Re: Woman Becomes Quadruple Amputee After Giving Birth

Yea, someone keeps bumping old threads. It would be interesting to know what's happened with the case by now though.
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