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.

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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  • so sad for this poor lady. wow that is unreal! she is supposed to be enjoying this special time


  • Such a devastating thing to happen. I hope her sight comes back but doesn’t sound promising.


  • I watched this on telly and it was very sad to view,l hope she gets a very good payment to help with her family and herself.


  • How awful indeed !
    I didn’t know that blindness is a complication of septicaemia ?!


  • Would that problem normally cause blindness?
    A school friend of my Mother’s suddenly went blind – her eyes suddenly filled with blood (fortunately her Mum was visiting her that day – she was with her when it happened). I’m not sure they ever worked out the cause of it. Because of the pain in them they surgically removed them and she had glass ones which looked like real eyes. Bear in mind this was about 65 years ago. A couple of months later she found out she was pregnant. Unfortunately she had a miscarriage.


  • A piece of placenta seems like it should be fairly obvious to look for with her symptoms.


  • This is awful – you’d think they’d be more careful.


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