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New mom Ashley Milucci spends a snowy afternoon on her lounge ground enjoying along with her lively eight-month-old son.
“It’s been challenging being a new mom, but I get to do that,” she mentioned.
Milucci treasures these easy pleasures given what she endured after Christian was born in June, 2017.
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“I woke up at about 2 o’clock in the morning with a fever,” Milucci recalled.
“I was just absolutely freezing. I couldn’t get warm. I ended up having to tell my husband to crawl into the hospital bed with me and then I got really really hot.”
A primary-time mother, Milucci mentioned she examine postpartum restoration and felt one thing was not proper.
“Never had I read about fevers. I knew that having a fever wasn’t really supposed to be something I would necessarily be having unless there was something wrong,” she mentioned.
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Tests have been performed and Milucci mentioned she discovered she contracted Group A Streptococcus. She mentioned it might have come from the hospital, though it was by no means confirmed.
A hospital spokesperson beforehand advised Global News there was just one confirmed case of hospital-acquired Strep A in February and Markham Stouffville Hospital beforehand by no means had a hospital-acquired case of the micro organism on its childbirth unit.
Twenty-four-year-old Ayesha Riaz gave delivery at Markham Stouffville Hospital, the place she acquired Group A Strep and died final month.
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Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch mentioned whereas it’s uncommon, Group A Strep seems to be barely larger in ladies postpartum.
“There is a signal amongst the noise in the sense that it is slightly more common, in that population, and it’s not clear why,” he famous.
Bogoch mentioned there are a variety of theories on this, which embrace, “some of the hormonal changes that might make people more susceptible to infections.”
“It might be some subtle changes that happen to the body around pregnancy. It might simply be that there might be open wounds and the normal skin barriers aren’t entirely closed so there is a greater opportunity for the bacteria to become invasive,” he mentioned.
In Ashley Milucci’s case, hospital employees identified Group A Strep relatively rapidly, and she or he was handled, permitting her a life as a mom to Christian. She mentioned figuring out Ayesha Riaz’s household was not as lucky, she feels grateful
“It’s troubling to understand why it got that far and unfortunately why it wasn’t treated quickly enough,” Milucci mentioned.
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Note: “Previously Published on: 2018-03-12 19:10:48, as ‘Strep A ‘slightly more common’ in postpartum ladies: specialist