A mother of ten who went blind after the birth of her last child plans to sue Western Australia’s Rockingham General Hospital.
Mii Teru Bates says she lost her sight, a fortnight after enduring an excruciating childbirth.
She blames a piece of placenta that was left behind after labour, reports 7 news.
She became blind as a result of a misdiagnosis after Ritia was born, her lawyers allege.
Ms Bates fell ill and returned to Rockingham General Hospital, but says she was sent home with pain killers and a walking frame.
Her condition did not improve and within weeks she was taken to Sir Charles Gairdner and diagnosed with septicaemia.
“When I came back home I used to see shadows but my kids had to come close to me,” Ms Bates said.
Over time they vanished to black and now Ms Bates’ legal counsel allege the infection was caused by a piece of placenta left behind after the birth.
It’s had a huge effect on the whole family.
Her husband said he’s taken on most of the house duties, including cleaning and cooking for the children.
And the kids, aged from four to 19, chip in to help where they can.
Ms Bates says she only dreams of one day being able to see them again.
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Baby center shares if small fragments of placenta or membrane are retained and are not detected immediately, this may cause heavy bleeding and infection later on. This is known as secondary PPH and happens in just under one per cent of births.
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