A mum who was supposed to be celebrating the arrival of her second son was instead left “hours from death”.
Now, the mum-of-two is seeking answers to find out what went wrong and led to her traumatic health ordeal, according to Wales Online.
“It’s been just over a year now since this trauma and I’m still struggling daily with flashbacks and medical needs. However, I try to remain as strong as possible and keep going as I have my boys to care for,” she said.
“I know nothing can turn the clock back but I feel I deserve answers to what happened to me.”
Farrah, of Rhoose, Barry, delivered her second son Clay at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff on May 7, 2020.
But her unbridled joy was short-lived as hours later she would need surgery to stem the bleeding after losing around two-and-a-half pints of blood.
The following day Farrah, who also has a son, Cohan, aged five, started complaining of constipation and received treatment for the condition and was discharged home on May 10.
Two days later she called the hospital complaining of stomach pain and issues with keeping food down and was re-admitted.
She received further treatment for constipation and underwent a stomach X-ray before returning home on May 15.
But she was taken back by ambulance to hospital for a second time at about 1pm the following day with a fever, raised heart rate and was breathing rapidly.
Doctors believed she had a womb infection and sepsis. The following day she underwent a CT scan and was diagnosed with a perforated bowel for which she underwent emergency surgery.
Farrah stayed in hospital until June 8.
She now has a stoma and is awaiting further discussions with her doctors regarding whether the stoma can be reversed.
“As soon as I delivered Clay it felt as though the pain started. As the days went on I felt like I needed the toilet constantly but I couldn’t go and the pain kept getting worse,” she recalled.
“Even when I was home the pain was there. It felt like I spent hours in absolute pain, crying out. Even after coming out of hospital after being readmitted I felt like something wasn’t right.
“I remember an ambulance being called and the day after arriving back in hospital being told I had to be put to sleep because my bowel had punctured and that I was hours from death.
“However, everything is a blur because of the pain I was in and how tired I was.”
Following her trauma, Farrah instructed medical negligence lawyers to investigate her care under Cardiff and Vale University Health Board which runs the University Hospital of Wales.
She has now joined her legal team in supporting World Sepsis Day on September 13.
James Pink, a medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing Farrah, said: “The last 15 months have been incredibly traumatic for Farrah and her family as she attempted to recover and come to terms with what happened.
“Constipation can be common in women after giving birth and in some cases can lead to more serious conditions if not treated correctly.
“Understandably Farrah has a number of questions about how her bowel perforated and how she developed sepsis. We’re now investigating her concerns and are determined to provide her with the answers she deserves.
“By sharing her story Farrah also hopes that people are aware of the signs of sepsis and how early detection and treatment are key to beating it.”
Signs of sepsis include slurred speech, confusion, extreme shivering and muscle pain, passing no urine in a day, severe breathlessness and mottled or discoloured skin.
“Giving birth to Clay was meant to be one of the happiest times of my life. However, because of everything else that happened that time is a horrific memory which causes me great upset. I was seriously ill in hospital and my boys were at home,” added Farrah.
“We just hope that by sharing our story we can help make others aware of the symptoms of sepsis and how important early treatment is.”
In response a spokesman for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: “We wish Farrah all the best with her recovery – the case is currently under review and a full investigation is in progress.
“As an organisation we support raising awareness of sepsis and the importance of early recognition of symptoms by health care professionals and the public.”