Mother's GBS Status: Not tested. Gestational Age: 42 weeks inducted labor. Age harmed: 2 weeks old.
My daughter is luckily a survivor of GBS which makes me feel very lucky and grateful as in 2000 when she was born in the UK there was very little information shared on this infection.
My daughter just stopped moving her arm. I was beside myself with worry as the previous night I had breastfed her in bed and had fallen asleep so was more than concerned I had broken her arm. Luckily a very astute GP understood how worried I was and referred us to A&E. One week later in the hospital my daughter was diagnosed with septic arthritis resulting in the joint being washed out. After a prolonged stay in the hospital on IV antibiotics and the oral antibiotics at home she was discharged from hospital care at the age of 2 years.
In 2014 (so my daughter is now nearly 14) my daughter came to me saying that her arm appeared shorter than the other. I was obviously concerned so obtained a referral to the orthopaedic team where in fact my daughters arm is 8-10 cm shorter than the other as a consequence of the septic arthritis affecting the growth plate of the bone and the shoulder joint not forming properly. Unfortunately until hitting puberty the difference in size was unnoticeable, but after her growth spurt became very apparent. She is now under going a bone lengthening procedure so that her shoulder joint can be repaired. The point of me posting this is to ensure that other people have enough information to prevent their child having to undergo a painful lengthy correction procedure.
— Liz Bannister, UK
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