New mother battling flesh-eating disease in Halifax, out of coma: family

A Nova Scotia woman who gave birth just three weeks ago has been diagnosed with so-called flesh-eating disease and placed in an induced coma.

Relatives of 33-year-old Lindsey Hubley say she delivered her son on March 2 in Halifax following a routine pregnancy, but became sick soon after returning home and was rushed to hospital by ambulance days later.

Her sister-in-law, Susan Hubley, says doctors immediately took her into surgery, where it was determined she had necrotizing fasciitis and was going into severe septic shock.

A GoFundMe page, which had raised more than $46,000 out of its $50,000 goal, said Lindsey Hubley was brought out of the coma and was considered critically stable but would require months of rehabilitation after several more surgeries.

Susan Hubley says her sister-in-law, who is a mobility manager for Jazz Aviation, was diagnosed with a group A streptococcal infection, which can lead to necrotizing fasciitis.

Lesley Mulcahy, a spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, confirmed that they had a recent case of severe invasive group A strep.