Hospital apologises after medics fail to see mum diagnosed with urine infection was in labour
A local hospital has apologised and launched an investigation after a mum was wrongly diagnosed with a urinary infection just hours before giving birth to a 'surprise' baby.
The Wisbech woman who had a daughter just eight hours discharged by doctors says she feels let down by the hospital and says her and her partner have been traumatised by the experience.
Erin Hogg delivered daughter Piper Summersgill on the bathroom floor at the family home after spending more than two days in agonising pain having been discharged by emergency medics at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.
The 20-year-old mother who already had a 15 month old son Karson had no idea she was pregnant again.
However, during her six and half hours in A&E a blood test showed she was expecting and doctors estimated she was between six and eight weeks pregnant.
But she was refused a scan to determine exactly how far along her pregnancy was.
A doctor who examined her described feeling lumps and bumps in her stomach, and wanted her to have a scan, but it was refused by A&E medics, who put her excruciating pain down to a urinary infection and sent her home with some painkillers.
It was around midnight on August 9 when a shocked Erin was driven home by her equally shocked partner Karl Summersgill - the couple had no plans for a second child and were coming to terms with the pregnancy.
Erin said: "We got home and went to bed but I really couldn't sleep the pain was that bad. The next morning I felt everything was going to explode, I had already told doctors in A&E the day before that it felt like my bladder was exploding, but they had not really taken any notice.
"The pain was so bad I told Karl to call 999. The ambulance arrived about 15 minutes later but when the paramedics came into the house I apologised and said I was desperate for the loo. I ran upstairs to go, and then as I came down stairs again I could feel something between my legs and when I put my hand down I could feel a head.
"I went back upstairs to the bathroom and the paramedics delivered the baby on the bathroom floor I was only pushing for 11 minutes."
Baby Piper was born at 10.11am on August 10 weighing a healthy six pounds and seven ounces.
Erin said: "I can't thank the ambulance service enough they were absolutely brilliant despite all the swearing I did."
Erin and Piper were taken back to the QEH where she was given a blood transfusion for blood loss as a result of the birth.
Erin said: "I had no clue I was pregnant. I had no pregnancy symptoms, no morning sickness, no bump. I was still wearing my normal clothes and was having regular periods. It was a shock to be told I was six to eight weeks pregnant, but to then have a baby a few hours later was even more shocking.
"My family are all in Scotland and I had texted them to say I was really ill and in a lot of pain, so they were expecting the worst when Karl rang them. They couldn't believe it when he told them about the baby - they were really shocked."
Erin says the couple have been traumatised by the experience and feel they were let down by the A&E department, and feel doctors should have carried out a scan which would have shown Erin was about to have a baby.
She has complained about her treatment and has been told by the hospital that an investigation is under-way and she is awaiting the outcome of that.
However, she did praise the maternity ward for the care she received with Piper following the birth.
"They were absolutely brilliant," she said.
Alice Webster, Chief Nurse at QEH, said: “The Trust has contacted Ms Hogg to apologise for the shortcomings in our care and to listen to her concerns.
"We will carry out a thorough investigation after which we will offer to meet Ms Hogg to share the findings and our learning.”