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Hospital infection 'took months to recover from'

Martina Dennis developed an infection after a caesarean section

Martina Dennis took months to recover from a serious infection she developed days after giving birth at Basildon University Hospital in May.

"After my caesarean section I caught an infection which led to necrotizsng fasciitis - the flesh-eating superbug, as they call it.

When I was re-admitted into the maternity unit the general housekeeping standards were very questionable at the time.

General things - I had to ask for my bed linen to be changed, I had to ask for the toilet attached to the room to be cleaned.

There were various things going on. I was very ill so there were lots of things I probably missed as well.

In relation to what was said in the report, I can confirm there was blood on the curtains and it wasn't mine.

My mother-in-law had to move in with me to look after me and my children for months

When staff came in to take the lids of my cannula it was left on the table. Dressing wrapping was left on the breakfast trolley.

General housekeeping standards were questionable without a doubt.

On one occasion there was blood on the floor - it was my blood from a cannula change, and it was changed in the afternoon.

My husband came in later on that evening, at about 8pm or 9pm. He actually had to go out and find a hospital cleaner to come in and clean the blood off the floor.


I am so relieved that someone has actually brought this to the forefront - and I hope that people will come forward if they have had the same or a similar experience, so that things can improve and that nobody has to go through what I went through.

I was in hospital for a month. Then when I was released I was sent home with a vacuum therapy pack.

I was only discharged from the district nursing team in September, so it was a long recovery from May.

At the end of the day it didn't just impact on me and my husband and my family, but on the wider family.

My mother-in-law had to move in with me to look after me and my children for months.

I am just relieved. If this is brought to light and corrected then nobody will have to go through that."

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