Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

MATERNITY WARD NIGHTMARES Loss of Faith in Horror Ordeal at Hospital after Maternity Unit; Women Collapse after Doctors Miss Life-Threatening Condition

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

MATERNITY WARD NIGHTMARES Loss of Faith in Horror Ordeal at Hospital after Maternity Unit; Women Collapse after Doctors Miss Life-Threatening Condition

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TWO women who suffered life-threatening ectopic pregnancies have spoken out about their nightmare experiences at Bundaberg Hospital's maternity unit, in the hope no other woman will have to suffer the same trauma.

Both women collapsed after being discharged from the hospital with wrong diagnoses.

Member for Burnett Rob Messenger has used their plight, and those of other women who have come forward, to call for an independent inquiry into C[pounds sterling]substandard and/or negligent medical treatmentC[yen] at the unit.

An Agnes Water woman, who spoke anonymously to the NewsMail, fought back tears as she told how she first knew something was wrong in December last year, when she suffered abdominal pain and keeled over at work.

After seeing her doctor, she was taken to Bundaberg Hospital.

C[pounds sterling]The lady that did the ultrasound said it definitely was an ectopic pregnancy,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]She said there was so much blood.C[yen]

The woman was given leave and put in a hotel in Bundaberg until the next day, when she went back for more tests Co and was told to go

home.

She later found out she was discharged because it was believed she had a cyst.

But a few days later she collapsed again and was taken back to Bundaberg Hospital, where she was put in the day ward with a group of men.

C[pounds sterling]There was blood all through my pelvis and I was told that I would definitely have to have surgery,C[yen] the woman said.

C[pounds sterling]I was all dressed to go to surgery and the anaesthetist came out to talk to me.

C[pounds sterling]Then a different doctor came out and said they thought they would leave it and that I would stay overnight again.C[yen]

She was discharged and sent home a second time, after being told she had had a miscarriage and that the pain she was suffering was normal.

C[pounds sterling]I had never been in this much pain before, but I thought I just had to endure it,C[yen] she said.

Four days later, she collapsed a third time.

Due to the flooding in the region, this time she was taken to Gladstone.

C[pounds sterling]The lady who did my ultrasound couldn't understand how they had missed it (the ectopic pregnancy),C[yen] she said.

She said in Gladstone, she only saw one doctor, while in Bundaberg she C[pounds sterling]couldn't countC[yen] the number of doctors she had seen.

C[pounds sterling]There were all these interpretations of all these different people,C[yen] she said.

She has now had mediation with the hospital to get some answers and has now seen all her ultrasound reports, which clearly state she had an ectopic pregnancy.

C[pounds sterling]I don't understand how they could see that (the ultrasound results) and not do anything,C[yen] she said. …

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