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Mother, 30, given less than a year to live after a mistake during a caesarean section

A mother has been told she has less than a year to live after making a mistake during her caesarean section.

Kelsie McHugh, 30, had an emergency caesarean section when she had daughter Renae, 18 months, but surgeons accidentally cut an eight-inch gash in her bladder. This mistake led to her suffering from blood and intestinal poisoning, which meant she developed intestinal failure, meaning she was no longer able to absorb fluids.

The teaching assistant has now been told she needs an intestinal transplant and that she only has about a year to live if she doesn’t get it.

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Kelsie said: “I hope and pray that I can get to the top of the list soon because I have a little baby who needs her mother in her life. It’s so hard to stay strong because I have no control over it and that’s the worst part.

“When I was told about the 12 months, I said I just wanted to focus on my family and making memories. The fact that I don’t get the transplant is on my mind a lot, but my husband doesn’t want to think about it.”

Kelsie gave birth to Renae at 31 weeks pregnant and went into cardiac arrest just under an hour after birth. After being in and out of hospital constantly and having two stomas fitted due to complications with her bladder, she was diagnosed with multiple organ failure.

Kelsie, Danny and RanaeKelsie, Danny and Ranae

Kelsie, Danny and Ranae

She is even equipped with a TPN machine, which is used when a person’s digestive system is completely or partially malfunctioning.

Kelsie, who is married to husband Danny, 39, said: “I have six glucose bags of different nutrients. Then I have what I call a fat pocket, which contains the same nutrition, but not as much glucose.

“I can eat, but only for the taste, because I don’t get anything out of food anymore. It’s horrible because I was an absolute foodie who loved all different types of food. If I’m hungry, I eat, but if I eat a full meal, I immediately dehydrate myself. I’m also limited to only a liter of fluid per day and I can’t go over that or I’ll limit myself.

“It’s tiring to be on top of everything.”

Kelsie with Renae while she was in the hospital for treatmentKelsie with Renae while she was in the hospital for treatment

Kelsie with Renae while she was in the hospital undergoing treatment. Credit: Kelsie McHugh

While in the hospital, Kelsie had to take fluids, which prevented her from getting out of bed without assistance. She now had to learn to walk again, which was ‘just terrible’ as at one point she couldn’t even put her feet on the ground.

Kelsie, from Oldham, said: “I had to use a Zimmer frame and had two people to help me go to the toilet. It was literally three steps away from my bed, but it took me ten minutes to get there.

“When I stood up, I had to stand on my toes because it was too painful to straighten my legs because I had been in bed for so long.”

Kelsie, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at a young age, has now decided to make a bucket list of things she wants to do.

This includes meeting Geordie Shore star and influencer Charlotte Crosby, singing with Adele, making a music video, feeding a baby goat and visiting a spa. She added: “I’ve always said I want to do 30 things in my 30s because my life expectancy is a little lower because I have cystic fibrosis.

“Now that I’ve got the 12 months, I want to make as many memories as possible. There are so many things, I want to meet Adele and sing and then go on a trip to a cabin with a hot tub because I just want to relax without any worries.

“There are also very random things, like going to the zoo or going karting, because I’ve never done that before. I can’t work either, but my husband will eventually need a lot of time off to care for Renae when I get the transplant.

“If things don’t go as we hope, I want him to be able to take leave during his bereavement leave to care for Renae.”

You can donate to Kelsie’s Go Fund Me page here

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