Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting ECHONEWS to 80360, or email us »
Mum loses baby hours after leaving hospital
2:00pm Sunday 16th September 2012 in News
A YOUNG mum tragically lost her baby just hours after leaving hospital.
Toni Garlick, 28, was 34 weeks pregnant with her fourth child when she began experiencing agonising stomach pain.
She was admitted to Southend Hospital last Monday and underwent tests, which failed to find a cause for the pain.
Because she had been given strong painkillers she was advised to stay in hospital until Friday.
However, believing she would be more comfortable at home, she discharged herself a day early.
Later, she began haemorrhaging and had to undergo an emergency caesarean, which came too late to save her child.
Miss Garlick, of Finchley Road, Westcliff , said: “I was in so much pain.
“I thought I was in labour and begged them to get him out or give me a caesarean, but they refused.
“They said there was nothing wrong and I would be sent home.
“Because I had pethidine, they said I would have to wait until Friday, but because they’d found nothing wrong and it was so noisy in the hospital, I went home on Thursday.
“At midnight I woke up soaked in blood and was rushed to hospital. They operated and our little boy was born at 3.04am, but he was dead. They said it was placental abruption.”
Miss Garlick believes medics should have spotted problems with the pregnancy sooner.
She added: “One of the doctors came around and I asked if I was to blame for going home, but they told me I should not blame myself and I should not blame the hospital either, but I do blame them.
“I knew something wasn’t right. He had been moving until Thursday, then I felt nothing.
“They said there was nothing wrong, but he would have lived if they had done what I asked – I’m sure of that.” A hospital spokesman confirmed Miss Garlick was advised not to leave hospital until the pethidine had worn off.
Sue Hardy, director of nursing, added: “We are deeply saddened by Mrs Garlick’s loss and offer our sincere condolences to the whole family at this very difficult time.
“During her care here, Mrs Garlick’s pregnancy was fully monitored and the cause of her pain thoroughly investigated over the course of several days.
“Mrs Garlick then took the decision to discharge herself from hospital against medical advice and, subsequent to that decision, there were further complications with her pregnancy.
“Mrs Garlick was re-admitted to the hospital and underwent an emergency caesarean section, but sadly it was too late to save her baby.
“We fully understand the distress the loss of a baby brings and will continue to offer our support to the family in their grief.”