Young Fife mum left in agony for FIVE DAYS waiting for ectopic pregnancy op
A YOUNG mum has been left in agony for FIVE DAYS waiting for a life-saving ectopic pregnancy op.
Samantha Colville, 23, was “screaming on the floor” with stomach pains on Saturday morning amid fears for her unborn baby.
Her ectopic pregnancy – a complication where the embryo attaches outside the uterus – had been missed during 50 emergency doctor appointments over eight weeks.
The carer, from Kirkcaldy, Fife, said: “I have been in absolute agony for two months. The whole left side of my body has been so sore, it’s been unbearable.
“It got so bad at the weekend that I was screaming on the floor in agony.
“My gran called an ambulance but it took two hours before it arrived. The wait was torture.”
Samantha was rushed to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy but then waited almost a week for surgery.
An internal scan found a cyst on Samantha’s ovary and internal bleeding around her pelvis.
She signed consent forms for her right ovary and fallopian tube to be removed – and even agreed to be cut open if keyhole surgery didn’t work. But her operation kept getting pushed back by hospital staff.
Already mourning the loss of her baby, Samantha then contracted a bladder infection during her wait and is still in excruciating pain.
The 23-year-old claims what should have been life-saving surgery on her ten-week pregnancy has turned into a five-day nightmare.
She said: “They put the catheter in before I was meant to have surgery on Saturday. I’ve had it all this time and now haven’t been able to go to the toilet at all.
“I’m still hooked up to it. I’m too young for something like that.
“I don’t feel, or look, like a shadow of myself since I was admitted.
“I’ve been in absolute tears. I’ve already lost so much with the pregnancy and now all this.”
Samantha, who cares for her autistic son, Lee, six, underwent a biopsy on Thursday night and eventually had the ectopic pregnancy removed on Friday.
But the stress of the ordeal caused her heart rate to reach pre-cardiac arrest levels of 180 before her operation.
Speaking from her hospital bed tonight, Samantha said: “I feel like they’ve ruined my life in the space of just five days.
“I’ve been shaking in absolute pain. It’s excruciating.
“My arms are wrecked from all the tubes.”
The exhausted mum of one added: “It’s horrendous what they’ve done to me. I feel completely neglected.
“An ectopic pregnancy can kill you if it ruptures in your tummy. It’s shocking what they’ve put me through.
“I’m meant to be a carer for my little boy and can’t even take care of myself right now.”
Her distraught partner Lee Reid, 25, said: “The way we have been treated is heartbreaking. It’s been nothing but stress for Samantha.
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“Our local doctor says she is ten times worse than when she went in. That shouldn’t happen.
“She went in for a failed pregnancy, now her bladder isn’t working and she’s still in constant pain.”
A spokesman for NHS Fife said: “We are unable to comment on the care of individual patients for reasons of confidentiality; however, all patients in our care are monitored regularly to ensure that their dietary and other needs are continually being met.”
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