Legal complaints were issued against the medical facility, Orlando Regional Medical Healthcare Systems, because they would not tell her precisely what events took place that led to the infection. The medical center maintained that the woman inquired about information that would violate other patients' rights.
After the birth of her son, Claudia Mejia developed a rash and three days later she was told she had to have a hysterectomy because of an infection. Twelve days after her son was born, Doctors told her she had 2 hours to make a life or death decision which then led to the removal of her limbs.
She was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando where her arms and legs were amputated. After the surgical procedure she was informed she had streptococcus, a flesh eating microorganism, and toxic shock syndrome, but no further description was given.
"I love her, so I'll always stick with her and take it a day at a time myself," said her husband, Tim Edwards.
Her lawyer, Judy Hyman wrote the healthcare facility a letter stating that, according to the Florida statute, "The Patients Right To Know About Adverse Medical Incidents Act," the healthcare facility was obliged to give her the documents. The hospital's response? "Ms. Mejia's request may require legal resolution."
The medical facility asserts that if she wanted to find out exactly what occurred, she would need to sue them. She pleaded with hospital officials for two years to turn her medical records over -- something a judge subsequently granted.
It was assumed Mrs. Mejia caught the flesh eating condition streptococcus while in the healthcare facility, contracting it from another patient or person on her floor that already had the condition. The hospital originally claimed that if they released any type of details concerning the events that led to the surgery, they would certainly be breaching the other patient's rights.
Mejia's lawyers believed the hospital or its doctors and nurses failed to quickly and properly treat the infection. They sued the hospital and its parent company, Orlando Regional Healthcare System, seeking unspecified damages.
"I just want the truth," Mejia said.
Orlando Regional, however, maintained that Mejia's infection was acquired elsewhere and that she was treated properly.
The three days following the April 28, 2005, birth of her son were troubling, Mejia said.
A nursing document revealed her temperature was high throughout the day, reading 100.6 degrees at one point. Shaking and chills soon followed, and Mejia complained of severe pain in her stomach and a burning sensation when she urinated -- all signs of a potential infection, her attorney, Ron Gilbert, said.
Mejia has learned to brush her teeth, answer the telephone and surf the Internet. She eats by attaching a fork to a fabric band on her right arm above her elbow. She is motivated to walk again with the help of prosthetics.
Due to these types of hospital tragedies, a growing contingent of women are choosing to give birth with midwives, caregivers who view birth as a natural, rather than a medical experience which exposes both mother and baby during and after labour to unnecessary dangers and life-threatening conditions courtesy of the medical system.
Dave Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research, cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.