A new mother was left screaming in pain when her bowel ‘pushed through’ her C-section stitches just 24 hours after giving birth.
Kelly Maynard, 31, was rushed back to Royal Bolton Hospital within hours of returning home with daughter Rosie-Anne after her bowel ‘fell out of her body’, leaving her in ‘indescribable pain’.
The mother-of-four, from Bolton, believes the excruciating complication was the result of a botched procedure and claims her C-section scar was not stitched up correctly.
Kelly Maynard, 31, was rushed back to hospital within hours of returning home with daughter Rosie-Anne, right after her bowel ‘pushed through’ her C-section stitches. Left, daughter Daisy
Royal Bolton Hospital is now conducting an investigation into Ms Maynard’s case.
She said: ‘I have got a scar like you would not believe, it’s disgusting because it’s been opened three times, it’s vile. It’s permanent damage – all because my perineum wall wasn’t sewn.
‘I know there are complications to a procedure but your bowel coming out of your body is not a complication of a C-section – it’ s unheard of, it never happens.
‘Scars can open up, that’s fine, but my bowel was moving around inside me and pushed its way out of the opening.’
Ms Maynard, who runs a mobile beauty business, was taken for an emergency C-section on September 28 after she suffered complications with her placenta. Just six days earlier she had been sent home from an ante-natal appointment in pain.
Ms Maynard, who is also mother to Kayden, 12, Mia, four, and Daisy, three, returned home with Rosie-Anne on September 30 but soon found herself in ‘indescribable pain’ and husband Ray Maynard, 31, helped get her to hospital.
The mother-of-four, pictured with Rosie-Anne, believes the excruciating complication was the result of a botched procedure and claims her C-section scar was not stitched up correctly
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Dr Mike Savvas, Consultant Gynaecologist at King Edward VII’s Hospital and King’s College Hospital, London, said that while such incidents are rare, ‘they can happen’.
He told MailOnline: ‘With any time of abdominal incision, this can happen – it’s not unheard of. However it’s particularly rare with horizontal incisions, as made during C-sections.’
He continued: ‘If there is a bit of a gape (of the wound) then a bit of the bowel bulges out. It’s not just a case of the wound popping open and everything spilling out.’
Another issue is that while new mothers have traditionally been in hospital for five days, shorter hospital stays mean women are increasingly discharged sooner.
‘If such an incident happens while a woman is on the ward, it is a lot quicker and easier – and less alarming – to deal with than at home,’ he explained.
She said: ‘At the time my bowel was prolapsing, all I could feel was crushing inside my body until it got so bad I said, “I’m going to have to go back in”.
‘My husband was told there was no ambulance and to get me in the car, but when he checked, my bowel had collapsed and it was outside my body.
‘If he had taken me in the car I would have ended up with a colostomy bag, because my bowel would have died.
When you have a C-section the scar is supposed to be a tiny straight line. Mine looks like Frankenstein has got hold of it, it looks like a smiley face. It’s a mess. I will probably never go abroad because of my stomach
‘When I got there I had to wait for four hours to see a surgeon. I was there screaming in pain, I can’t describe it. All the nerves are open and no painkiller was taking the pain away.’
Ms Maynard says she will now constantly feel conscious about her body and her ‘Frankenstein’ scar following the operation.
She said: ‘When you have a C-section the scar is supposed to be a tiny straight line. Mine looks like Frankenstein has got hold of it, it looks like a smiley face.
‘It’s a mess. I will probably never go abroad because of my stomach.’
The Royal Bolton Hospital has now launched an investigation, with Ms Maynard attending a meeting with hospital bosses and Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).
However, a recording that she informed was being made of the conversation was not successful. She also claims has not received a written report which the hospital says it has sent to her.
Royal Bolton Hospital, pictured, where Ms Maynard gave birth and returned for the emergency procedure, is now conducting an investigation into Ms Maynard’s case
She added: ‘I’m just getting fobbed off – for this to happen to me is not right.’
A spokesman for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘We are sorry that Ms Maynard is in this situation when she should be enjoying her new baby.
‘We can assure her that the only reason the tape recording of our meeting with her was not available was because it did not record properly due to a technical issue. This has been rectified.
‘However, we did write to her with a detailed account of the meeting. We are making contact with Ms Maynard to arrange a further meeting to answer her questions relating to her care.
‘We recognise that her treatment was not as she would have hoped, and apologise for the upset and distress this has caused.’