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Thamesmead mum claims hospital blunder nearly killed her after giving birth
A THAMESMEAD woman claims she almost died when a "disgusting" hospital blunder led to her haemorrhaging in a restaurant two weeks after giving birth.
Megan Hubbard, of Attlee Road, gave birth to her son George on September 10 at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.
Despite having a normal birth she experienced a lot of bleeding after returning home.
The 23-year-old told News Shopper: "For two weeks I was bleeding really heavily.
"I went back to the hospital five times and they sent me home each time saying 'it's normal to bleed after having a baby'."
On September 24 Miss Hubbard returned to the hospital's accident and emergency department concerned about the bleeding.
She claims she was told she had a womb infection and discharged at 3.30am with antibiotics.
Between 4pm and 5pm on the same day, the mother-of-one visited Toby Carvery, in Crook Log Road, Bexleyheath, to celebrate the birth of her son with her family.
As Miss Hubbard finished her dinner she suddenly collapsed due to a haemorrhage, caused by placenta being left in her womb.
She says she lost three-and-a-half litres of blood in the incident and required a blood transfusion when she arrived at hospital.
Miss Hubbard said: "I drive and could have been in the car with my son and collapsed, that scares me.
"The hospital really did fail me.
"They said it was a womb infection and I nearly lost my life from it.
"I've still had no apology from them."
She added: "It's been a really traumatic time.
"I was away from my baby quite a bit in those two weeks.
"I was really weak and couldn't pick him up because blood was gushing out all the time - I had no strength at all.
"It stopped me bonding with him. It's only the last few weeks I've been able to.
"Before him they said I couldn't have a baby, he's my miracle baby."
Miss Hubbard has written to the head of midwifery at the hospital to complain about what happened and is considering taking legal action.
She said: "I just want to thank everyone at Toby Carvey.
"The staff did an amazing job.
"They got the ambulance there really quick and the waitresses were really lovely.
"An off-duty nurse got me breathing more strongly and was talking me through it until the ambulance got there.
"I want to thank them and to say how disgusted I am with Queen Elizabeth Hospital."
A South London Healthcare Trust spokesman said: "We are investigating the circumstances around the care and treatment of Ms Hubbard.
"The Trust has spoken to her this week and we are making progress with looking into whether there are any aspects of her care which should have been done differently."