Heartache as mum says pain of losing her daughter is ‘like a bad dream but you never wake up from it’

Rebecca Musson died after developing sepsis hours after giving birth to her daughter
Rebecca Musson died after developing sepsis hours after giving birth to her daughter
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The mum of a young woman who died from an infection shortly after giving birth says the pain never fades.

Lynn Musson-Battersby spoke after the death of another new mum at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, and said she understands the torment her family must be going through.

Her daughter, Rebecca, had just given birth to her daughter Lucy in June 2009 when she developed sepsis and died.

She was just 26 and already had an older son.

Lynn, 58, of Ashfield Road, Bispham, said: “It’s utter shock, and it takes a long time, if ever, to come to terms with it. It’s like a bad dream but you never wake up from it.”

An investigation was launched at the Whinney Heys Road hospital after the mum, whom The Gazette is not naming at this stage, died after getting a suspected case of streptococcus last month.

She suffered complications following child birth to wounds associated with labour, it is understood, with officials from Public Health England involved and infection-control underway at the unit where she was treated.

Lynn, who said Rebecca also had a streptococcal infection, said the tragedy can tear families apart.

She said: “It’s destroying. That baby will never be hugged by its mum.

“It does not get easier, and when you see something like this it brings it all back.

“You never get over it – it’s always there.”

Lynn has previously spoken of her family’s ordeal to raise awareness of sepsis – or blood poisoning – in the hope of avoiding further tragedies.

She said: “I just want people to be aware.

“If you have got any of the signs, tell the doctor or the nurses to check it out. Insist they check it out because the earlier they can find it, the bigger chance you have of survival.”

Sepsis has no single symptom, but people should be aware of a combination of symptoms, including shivering, fever, or feeling cold, extreme pain or discomfort, pale of discoloured skin, drowsiness, and a shortness of breath.

Every year in the UK, there are 150,000 cases of sepsis, resulting in 44,000 deaths – more than bowel, breast, and prostate cancer combined.