Mum’s birth was ‘trauma’

Leanne Kay suffered a heomnorrage and ended up in intensive care after giving birth at Pinderfields. The family have lodged a formal complaint that she was not being fed properly in the maternity dept and this could have made her worse. With son Calvin Lewis
Leanne Kay suffered a heomnorrage and ended up in intensive care after giving birth at Pinderfields. The family have lodged a formal complaint that she was not being fed properly in the maternity dept and this could have made her worse. With son Calvin Lewis
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A PREGNANT mum’s “traumatic” experience in hospital is being investigated by health bosses.

Leanne Kaye ended up in intensive care from complications in her pregnancy, which her family claim were made worse by conditions in the maternity unit.

The believe Miss Kaye, 19, of Haselden Road, Lupset, was not fed properly or given enough water after being taken to Dewsbury and District Hospital in the days before she suffered a haemorrhage when giving birth to baby Calvin.

And they have complained about dirty conditions at the hospital’s maternity unit.

Miss Kaye had a complicated pregnancy and was admitted 27 times for a condition which meant she could not keep food down.

Her mum, Michelle Cotton, 38, said her condition deteriorated after she was taken to hospital on March 18. She had been stabilised and returned home on previous occasions.

Mrs Cotton said: “I just don’t believe they did enough for her. She was absolutely drained. She had nothing left to give.”

The family said the department seemed short-staffed and was not clean.

Miss Kaye said: “It was filthy. The floor was black and there was dried blood in the toilets.”

Miss Kaye was transferred to Pinderfields Hospital on March 22, where the family said her notes went missing for two days.

She was not discharged from hospital until April 28.

Mrs Cotton said: “What we saw was beyond belief. I think it made the problems she already had worse. Leanne is traumatised.”

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed an investigation had been launched.

Chief nurse Tracey McErlain-Burns said: “A small number of women can suffer from large blood loss during labour. In many cases the cause is unknown.

“In these cases quick action is taken to ensure the safety of mum and baby.

“We have met with the family to discuss their concerns so we can carry out a thorough investigation.”

Mid Yorkshire said women who experienced problems in pregnancy were treated in the most clinically appropriate way.

The trust said its wards were cleaned on an ongoing basis and regular cleanliness audits were carried out.