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New mum fuming after only finding out she had sepsis when she left hospital

A hospital has apologised after a young mum was sent home without being told she had contracted potentially deadly sepsis.

Lydia Powell, 22, only found out she was diagnosed with the illness once she read her own medical notes after being discharged.

She was induced at 39 weeks pregnant and started to display signs that something was wrong.

The hospital decided she did not have an infection despite hiving a high white cell count and raised protein levels.

Lydia was finally treated for sepsis more than 12 hours after her blood test results came in at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, South Wales.

The condition, which can be hard to spot as it has "vague" symptoms, can be deadly according to the NHS.

Lydia, who is proud mum to baby Henry, said: "I'm angry that I only found out I had sepsis after I went home and started reading through my discharge notes.

"I feel that I should have been told about sepsis and why I was receiving the treatment I did.

"My labour was particularly traumatic. I was already an anxious person and while I try not to think about it, what happened in hospital and the thoughts of what might have happened to Henry or myself has caused more anxiety.

"While in a way I feel lucky, the impact that the condition has had on me cannot be overstated."

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The new mum suffers an acute kidney injury during her labour which hospital chiefs have since admitted was avoidable.

Little Henry however was born happy and healthy on June 17 last year.

The pair were discharged two days later.

An internal investigation as then launched by solicitors Irwin Mitchell.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board admitted failings in Lydia's care.

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It acknowledged there was a delay in implementing a sepsis pathway which resulted in a 12-hour delay in administering the correct antibiotics.

The board found that it was likely Lydia would not have suffered her acute kidney injury if she was given the correct treatment earlier.

Lydia said: "It remains very hard to look back on everything that has happened. In a way I know I'm lucky as others with sepsis have much worse outcomes than me.

"However, the last year or so has been incredibly difficult."

A spokesman from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board tonight said: "This matter has been fully investigated by the Health Board and its findings have been shared with Ms Powell.

"We have apologised for the failings in care identified through the investigation."

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